Glass Wings Blog: January 2014

How To Solve The Piracy Problem: Give Everyone A Basic Income For Doing Nothing

Wed, 01 Jan 2014 21:32:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131016/08185024896/how-to-solve-copyright-problem-give-everyone-universal-basic-income.shtml>

"Here on Techdirt we often discuss economics in the absence of scarcity
-- how the ability to make any number of digital copies for vanishingly
small cost creates new business opportunities for creators. But could a

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The decade-long quest to stop “Spamford” Wallace

Wed, 01 Jan 2014 21:33:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/12/the-decade-long-quest-to-stop-spamford-wallace/>

"After a spate of lawsuits dating back to the late '90s, the feds step in."

This really seems to be a personality disorder.

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Magnetic Wiener Dog

Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:59:25 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
This illustrated children's story is GENIUS! Cute and strange and, and
ya gotta read it!

http://www.magickeys.com/books/wienerdog/index.html

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The best examples of street art in 2012

Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:51:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://memolition.com/2013/02/02/the-best-examples-of-street-art-in-2012-48-pictures/>

These are terrific.

Via Cass Edwards.

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Introducing Open Salaries at Buffer: Our Transparent Formula and All Individual Salaries

Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:53:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://open.bufferapp.com/introducing-open-salaries-at-buffer-including-our-transparent-formula-and-all-individual-salaries/>

"Sticking to radical transparency was probably both one of the most
frightening and exciting things to do over the past months. It meant to
open up and make ourselves extremely vulnerable for ideas, since they

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Scientists tell us their favourite jokes

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 00:11:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/dec/29/scientists-favourite-jokes>

"Science is a very serious business, so what tickles a rational mind? In
a not very scientific experiment, we asked a sample of great minds for
their favourite jokes"

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No, you’re not entitled to your opinion

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 00:12:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://theconversation.com/no-youre-not-entitled-to-your-opinion-9978

"The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often,
it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes
shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension,

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Adorable Paper Art

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 09:54:06 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
Sam Pierpoint so needs to illustrate a children's book. Her work is
vibrant, imaginative, and engaging.

http://www.sampierpoint.com/portfolio/

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Dapper Doge

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 09:55:53 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
In New York, dog fashion is a serious matter. In the unconventional
world, pet couturiers and designers compete for the best designs and
doggie moms fight for the spotlight while their precious dogs showcase
exquisite outfits that can sell for hundreds of dollars.

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Brain function 'boosted for days after reading a novel'

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 17:58:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/brain-function-boosted-for-days-after-reading-a-novel-9028302.html>

"Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual,
measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after
reading, scientists have said."

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22 Boops That Changed The World In 2013

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 17:59:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.buzzfeed.com/adamdavis/boops-that-changed-the-world-in-2013

"We can never return to a time before these boops. They have truly
changed the course of history."

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Technology didn't kill middle class jobs, public policy did

Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:13:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/25/technology-middle-class-jobs-policy>

"The story is that innovation rapidly reduced the need for factory
workers and other skilled labor. The data just doesn't support it"

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Fan Creates a Fantastic Parody Website for the Ministry of Magic from ‘Harry Potter’

Sun, 05 Jan 2014 15:14:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://ministryofmagic.co/

"Entrepreneur and coder Andy Brown has created a fantastic website for
the Ministry of Magic from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. The clever site
features characters and news articles about events from the books, and

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Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:54:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2013/12/why-i-want-bitcoin-to-die-in-a.html>

"Like all currency systems, Bitcoin comes with an implicit political
agenda attached. Decisions we take about how to manage money, taxation,
and the economy have consequences: by its consequences you may judge a

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Why I'm writing to Scott Morrison this Christmas – and why you should too

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:56:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/24/why-im-writing-to-scott-morrison-this-christmas-and-why-you-should-too>

"This holiday, my family will write a letter to immigration minister
Scott Morrison to protest Australia's appalling treatment of refugees –
this will not be done in my name"

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Flowchart: How not to design a "woman’s" tech product

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:24:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/12/should-you-make-a-tech-product-just-for-women-use-this-flowchart/>

"Three traps to avoid so you don't make a stereotypical, sexist product."

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The Internet Archive Console Living Room

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:26:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom

"Through use of the JSMESS emulator system, which allows direct access
to these programs in your browser with no additional plugins or
settings, these games can be enjoyed again."

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Filthy Lucre

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:30:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.vice.com/read/filthy-lucre

"Until you see it, you never realize how separate the sphere of the rich
is from that of everyone else."

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An Open Letter to Google/YouTube From a Disappointed Disciple

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:31:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/2013/12/04/an-open-letter-to-googleyoutube-from-a-disappointed-disciple/>

"For more than a year, I have been continuously hounded with copyright
strikes from various claimants on YouTube, claiming that the music used
in my The Moon video has been used illegally."

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These New-Fangled Books Will Doom Us All!

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:15:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/12/bad-for-you-techno-panic-timeline

"In Bad For You, coming on January 7th from Henry Holt, authors Kevin C.
Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun
for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws,

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Painting Creature Fur

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:16:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://natehallinanart.deviantart.com/art/Painting-Creature-Fur-423413686

"Here's a fur tutorial because I'm awesome like that. No, someone
actually asked me kindly who's trying improve upon their technique. (And
I had the spare time.) This is basically how I go about creating fur for

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Photographers Create the Tiniest of Dramas

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:18:53 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
This is so cute and so fun! Tiny scenes unfolding on donuts or pumpkins
or sugar cubes.

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2014/01/tiny-scenes-playing-out-on-your-favorite-foods/

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Stunning Stained Glass

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:33:36 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
This botanical garden is housed within the most stunning stained glass
windows.

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cosmovitral-botanical-garden

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Wow this is Doge

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:52:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/31/5248762/doge-meme-rescue-dog-wow

"A snapshot of Kabosu perched on a couch, glancing sidelong at Sato’s
camera with tan eyebrows raised, paws warily crossed and mouth pulled
back, was suddenly Photoshopped onto a Twinkie, a giant rock, a Canadian

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GOG’s managing director: Gamer resistance to DRM is stronger than ever

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:53:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/12/gogs-managing-director-gamer-resistance-to-drm-is-stronger-than-ever/>

"Digital games distribution site GOG (Good Old Games) has spent the last
five years offering classic videogame titles DRM-free to its customers."

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Sunday Sweets For Roy G. Biv

Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:51:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2014/1/5/sunday-sweets-for-roy-g-biv.html

"I don't know if you've noticed lately, but the sun is kind of awesome."

Beautiful rainbow cakes!

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Study: File Sharing Leads To More, Not Fewer, Musical Hits Being Written

Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:53:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140103/08105125759/study-file-sharing-has-not-led-to-less-new-original-music-being-created.shtml>

"As Techdirt has noted many times, much of the debate around filesharing
is driven by dogma rather than data. That's beginning to change,
although there has been a natural tendency to concentrate on economic

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Gibberish Research Paper Quotes "My Cousin Vinny", Tells The Reader (Repeatedly) The Paper Is A Fraud...

Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:56:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140101/00184825736/gibberish-research-paper-quotes-my-cousin-vinny-tells-reader-repeatedly-paper-is-fraud-gets-accepted-academic-conference.shtml>

Testing whether anyone actually reviews academic papers submitted to
certain conferences by making the paper as silly as possible!

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A thin blue line: how Facebook deals with controversial content

Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:57:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://theconversation.com/a-thin-blue-line-how-facebook-deals-with-controversial-content-19966>

"Stories of Facebook allowing beheading videos but removing
breastfeeding images, and then reversing the decision to allow graphic
violence after public uproar, has led many to question how Facebook

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Could 2014 Be Year One of the Pay Ratio Era?

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:40:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/21022-could-2014-be-year-one-of-the-pay-ratio-era

"We saw the first rumblings of that change this past fall in Switzerland, where
young activists ran a spirited referendum campaign to cap Swiss CEO pay at 12
times worker wages. This 1:12 pay cap proposition was running even in the polls

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Open source DIY electric car can be built in less than an hour

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:42:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/open-source-DIY-electric-car-can-be-built-less-hour.html

"But what if there was a DIY vehicle platform that was not only affordable, but
also street-legal, open source, and versatile, with the option for an electric
drivetrain or an integrated hybrid engine? That might change the game entirely,

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Photographers and Patient Pets

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:16:15 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
Well, yes, this is another site made by a photographer of said
photographer's pet. But it is well done and uber-cute.

http://www.flintthepomeranian.com/photos.html

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7 Things You Missed If You Didn't Read Wired's Big Story On How The NSA Is Killing The Internet

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:52:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140107/11490525790/7-things-you-missed-if-you-didnt-read-wireds-big-story-how-nsa-is-killing-internet.shtml>

"Steven Levy, who specializes in massive articles looking into aspects of the
tech industry, has a new one for Wired, called How the NSA Almost Killed the
Internet. It basically looks at how the NSA legally coerced the tech companies

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Fader Automation Groove

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:54:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVfYa05Tp-8

"FJTeaBone & StressKind foolin around with some homemade percussion and the
moving faders of the Yamaha 01V96..."

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Petrol Station Gets A Facelift

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:44:00 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
This is beautiful and childlike. I wish the artist would come to
Melbourne and work his magic on our derelict petrol stations.

http://www.streetartnews.net/2014/01/maser-no27-nod-to-ed-ruscha-new-street.html

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How the NSA Threatens National Security

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:36:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/01/how-the-nsa-threatens-national-security/282822/>

"Our choice isn't between a digital world where the agency can eavesdrop
and one where it cannot; our choice is between a digital world that is
vulnerable to any attacker and one that is secure for all users."

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The Saga of Rex Sets Course for Belgium to Become an Animated Feature Film

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:38:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/michelgagne/the-saga-of-rex-the-animated-film-project/posts/713716>

"Grid Animation, Belgium's premier animation and visual effects company,
has acquired the option to create the feature film version of Michel
Gagné's graphic novel, The Saga of Rex. Production is expected to start

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Enchanted BBQ For Sale

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:07:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/elwood/bbq/enchanted-bbq-for-sale/1035043823

"It is with a heavy heart that I must put this invaluable relic of culinary
excellence up for sale, as there is only so much power that one man can wield
for so long."

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Can American Democracy be Revived?

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:08:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www1.cs.columbia.edu/~unger/articles/reviveDemocracy.html

Political commentary by Stephen Unger.

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A History of Computer Communications: 1968-1988

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:10:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.historyofcomputercommunications.info/

"It is hard to imagine, but as recent as 1965, computer scientists were
uncertain how best to interconnect even two computers. The notion that within a
few decades the challenge would be how to interconnect millions of computers

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A Modest Proposal: Universal Online Media Payment Syndication

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:13:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.reddit.com/r/dredmorbius/comments/1uotb3/a_modest_proposal_universal_online_media_payment

"A constant challenge for any creative type is making a living. And it's hardly
a new problem. In the case of broadcast media, commercial sponsorship has been
the primary model for the past 94 years, along with a few others: public /

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Jackalope Wives

Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:53:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.apex-magazine.com/jackalope-wives/

"The moon came up and the sun went down. The moonbeams went shattering
down to the ground and the jackalope wives took off their skins and danced."

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You've been misled on boat people: Here are the facts

Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:55:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/youve-been-misled-on-boat-people-here-are-the-facts-20130718-2q5rv.html>

"At present, both major political parties favour the use of punitive
measures that theoretically stem the arrival of boat people. This theory
supposedly creates the facade that if Australia purports a harsh enough

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Russian Photographer

Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:53:41 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
Elena Shumilova takes stunning photos of her son with various animals.
Worth seeing.

http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-children-photography-elena-shumilova/

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Why we should give free money to everyone

Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:04:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://decorrespondent.nl/541/why-we-should-give-free-money-to-everyone/35246939860-ec3a6c3e>

"We tend to think that simply giving people money makes them lazy. Yet a
wealth of scientific research proves the contrary: free money helps. It
is time for a radical reform of the welfare state."

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Smart TVs, smart fridges, smart washing machines? Disaster waiting to happen

Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:07:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/01/smart-tvs-smart-fridges-smart-washing-machines-disaster-waiting-to-happen/>

"To remain useful, app platforms need up-to-date apps. As such, for your
smart device to remain safe, secure, and valuable, it needs a lifetime
of software fixes and updates."

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Little Evidence Of 'Infringement Risk' For 'Copyright Intensive' Companies

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:25:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140108/22425325814/little-evidence-infringement-risk-copyright-intensive-companies.shtml>

'Jonathan Band and Jonathan Gerafi realized that a good "independent" third
party to evaluate the risk and threat of copyright infringement would be
investment analysts. Their only stake in the game is whether or not the

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Miyazaki tribute by The Simpsons

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:26:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R94Q6NhuS3A

Via CK Feisal and David Archer.

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Why John Seely Brown Says We Should Look Beyond Creativity to Cultivate Imagination

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:13:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://spotlight.macfound.org/featured-stories/entry/john-seely-brown-beyond-creativity-cultivate-imagination/>

Very interesting interview discussing imagination, learning and
collaboration.

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Harvesting Waste Plastic In Emerging Economies As A Currency, To Reduce Pollution And Improve Lives

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:14:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140108/12050425804/harvesting-waste-plastic-emerging-economies-as-currency-to-reduce-pollution-improve-lives.shtml>

"The very best solutions not only come up with a brilliant answer to an
important problem, but often manage to help address other issues too.
Here's one that seems to fit that bill, pointed out to us by Izabella

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Civil Rights Images

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:21:20 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
"Gordon Parks’s portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thornton Sr., an older
black couple in their Mobile, Ala., home in 1956, appears to have little
in common with the images we have come to associate with civil rights
photography.

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What Would Yellow Ranger Do?: A Cartoonish Tale

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:04:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://the-toast.net/2014/01/10/what-would-yellow-ranger-do-cartoon/

A good explanation of the annoyance of persistent stereotyping, with some
entirely understandable anger. (Language warning.)

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Wild Animals Practically Pose For Him

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:08:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://distractify.com/culture/arts/photographer-netherlands-incredible-nature-photos/

"Animals within a ten-mile radius of Kats' home are the subjects of intimate
and special photographs."

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What the margarine vs butter argument says about nutrition

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:58:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://theconversation.com/what-the-margarine-vs-butter-argument-says-about-nutrition-21419>

"The promotion of margarine as a heart-healthy spread by nutrition experts
began with the emergence of the distinction between so-called “good”
polyunsaturated fats and the “bad” saturated fats."

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Amazing German Designed Cat Climbing Furniture

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:59:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.hauspanther.com/2014/01/09/amazing-german-designed-cat-climbing-furniture/>

"Talk about cat climbing heaven! This incredible line of handcrafted designer
cat climbing furniture comes from German company Goldtatze, which seems to
translate to “Gold Paw”, a fitting name since any cat who is given such

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No, It's Not OK to 'Steal Kisses' -- Here's Why

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:08:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/soraya-chemaly/no-its-not-ok-to-steal-kisses-heres-why_b_4454920.html

'We're talking to kids about sex all day, every day, without ever saying the
word. We do it when grandmothers insist on a kiss and parents make children
comply. We do it when we tell girls to "be nice" and "good" when they don't

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Sunday Sweets: Mythical Beasts & Where to Devour Them

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:09:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2014/1/12/sunday-sweets-mythical-beasts-where-to-devour-them.html>

"Yep, today we're delving into the Legends of Old... to bring you the Tastiness
of New."

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InterTwinkles

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:49:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://intertwinkles.org/

"InterTwinkles is a research project and platform for developing tools
to help reach the type of deep understanding that is necessary for
consensus decision making."

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Hollywood Needs The Internet More Than The Internet Needs Hollywood

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:51:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140110/17234225840/hollywood-needs-internet-more-than-internet-needs-hollywood-so-why-is-w3c-pretending-otherwise.shtml>

"But here's the thing: the internet wasn't built to be the next
broadcast medium for big Hollywood blockbusters. It was built as a
computing and communications platform. That's what made it special and

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It Is Expensive to Be Poor

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:35:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/it-is-expensive-to-be-poor/282979/>

"Minimum-wage jobs are physically demanding, have unpredictable
schedules, and pay so meagerly that workers can't save up enough to move
on."

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How to Respect a Transgender Person

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:36:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.wikihow.com/Respect-a-Transgender-Person

"If you have recently learned of a person who is transgender in your
life, you might not understand this part of their identity and you may
be unsure of how to act around them without offending or hurting their

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The Last Gasp of American Democracy

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:34:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/01/06-1

"The public debates about the government’s measures to prevent
terrorism, the character assassination of Edward Snowden and his
supporters, the assurances by the powerful that no one is abusing the

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The Problem When Sexism Just Sounds So Darn Friendly…

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:36:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/psysociety/2013/04/02/benevolent-sexism/>

"Something can’t actually be sexist if it’s really, really nice, right?"

Some kinds of sexism are harder for people to recognise or accept.

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chino otsuka

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:14:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://chino.co.uk/gallery/IFM/ifm_1.html

Great use of photo editing.

Via fa tai, who wrote: "This is very very cool.  Woman "time travels" by

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Our Lost Culture: What We Lose From Having Killed The Public Domain

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:16:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140114/10565225874/copyright-week-our-lost-culture-what-we-lose-having-killed-public-domain.shtml>

"Today's issue is the public domain. While we just wrote about the lack of new
works going into the public domain this year (as happens every year in the US),
I've seen some copyright maximalists asking why this is a big deal, since all

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Rethinking Columbus

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:05:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://sarkos.tumblr.com/post/73333299588/for-years-i-opened-my-11th-grade-u-s-history>

"We all know the name of the man who came here from Europe, but none of
us knows the name of the people who were here first—and there were
hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of them. Why haven’t you heard

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Where Pyne and the neocons went wrong

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:06:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theage.com.au/comment/where-pyne-and-the-neocons-went-wrong-20140115-30v1u.html>

"The political right sees a hidden leftist influence at every turn in
the government school curriculum."

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The Privilege To Shut Up

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:06:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.popehat.com/2014/01/15/the-privilege-to-shut-up/

"In brief, the reasons to shut up are these: cops are not looking out for your
best interests. Cops are looking to make, or close, a case, which they seek to
do according to their cultural preconceptions. If you answer their questions,

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Open Access As The Antidote To Privatizing Knowledge And Learning

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:07:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140115/11022325887/copyright-week-open-access-as-antidote-to-privatizing-federally-funded-knowledge.shtml>

'The very first copyright law in the US was officially called "An Act for the
Encouragement of Learning." Indeed, that was the actual stated purpose of
copyright law at the time. It wasn't supposed to be a system for protecting the

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From 3 to 2D Art

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:25:34 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
"In her series "Representations," photographer Cynthia Greig paints
mundane items completely white and then draws around the edges with
charcoal. When she sets them on a white background in her studio and
photographs them from just the right angle, they no longer look 3D, but
take on the appearance of simple drawings instead.

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Unexpected Things: Guy Capitalizing On The Concept Of Music SEO By Recording 100 Songs A Day

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:56:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140111/00092625842/unexpected-things-guy-capitalizing-concept-music-seo-recording-100-songs-day.shtml>

"There's an incredible story that recently played on On the Media's awesome
off-shoot TLDR podcast, talking about a guy who basically spends all of his
free time writing and recording songs on pretty much every topic imaginable,

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Muppet Movie 1979 camera test: The banter is so hilariously improvised.

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:00:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci9gPZnqiGY

"Bonus feature from the 50th Anniversary Edition."

Frank and Jim were always so great at improvisation!

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