Glass Wings Blog: June 2014

Premières images de Marnie, le nouveau film de Ghibli

Sun, 01 Jun 2014 19:12:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.catsuka.com/news/2014-04-16/premieres-images-de-marnie-le-nouveau-film-de-ghibli-par-hiromasa-yonebayashi-realisateur-d-arrietty>

"1st pictures of next Studio Ghibli film Omoide no Marnie, directed by
Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arietty)."

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US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study

Sun, 01 Jun 2014 19:15:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/14

"To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an
oligarchy."

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ゴウラ font

Sun, 01 Jun 2014 19:17:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://feitclub.tumblr.com/post/82867586989/its-a-katakana-font-named-designed-to>

"It’s a katakana font (named “ゴウラ”) designed to look like Olde
English fancy print.  This must be the Japanese equivalent of that
“asian” font you see on Chinese takeout boxes"

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How Frozen Should Have Ended

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 23:57:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ThvBNZdGcQ

'Anna and Elsa's parents just don't get it. Please enjoy our alternate
ending to Disney's hit "Frozen".'

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I Feel Good - James Brown - Pomplamoose

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 23:58:45 +1000

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

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

'LIVE performance of James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" filmed in
one take. All sounds were recorded or triggered live - so no overdubs or
lip-syncing.'

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Les Pyramides d'Égypte

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 23:59:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://vimeo.com/91973305

"Cairo, 1920, an archaeologist is about to discover the secret of the
Egyptian Pyramids..."

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Great Art Great Cat

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 07:51:24 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
What do you get when you carefully costume and Photoshop your cat into
some of the great paintings of history? A load of feline fun.

http://fatcatart.ru/?lang=en

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Unitarian Universalists of UNL group values open minds, others’ beliefs

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:15:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.dailynebraskan.com/news/unitarian-universalists-of-unl-group-values-open-minds-others-beliefs/article_a9675dcc-c380-11e3-b9e7-001a4bcf6878.html>

"Geery-Zink, a junior global studies major, has worked for years on an
“elevator pitch” to explain her religion — Unitarian Universalism, a faith that
began in 1961 with the merging of the Unitarians and the Universalists. Zink is

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Can You Tell What's Chocolate and What Isn't? Asks Japanese TV Show.

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:15:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://kotaku.com/can-you-tell-whats-chocolate-and-what-isnt-asks-japa-1496174116

"Perhaps, this gentleman is biting a door handle. Or perhaps, he is eating a
door handle /made of chocolate."

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This Underwater Computer Will Let Humans And Dolphins Talk To Each Other

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:17:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.fastcoexist.com/3028931/this-underwater-computer-will-let-humans-and-dolphins-to-talk-to-each-other>

"For the first time, a computer is going to help decipher dolphin whistles
instantly, allowing researchers to test how much these amazing creatures can
understand."

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Lunchbox Dad Creates Pop-Culture Meals For His Kids

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:17:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.themarysue.com/pop-culture-lunchbox-dad/

"Take a look at just some of the fantastic lunchbox images he’s put
together with yummy ingredients which make up Star Wars, Frozen, Dr.
Seuss characters and more!"

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Why climate deniers are winning: The twisted psychology that overwhelms scientific consensus

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:20:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.salon.com/2014/04/19/why_climate_deniers_are_winning_the_twisted_psychology_that_overwhelms_scientific_consensus/>

"There's a reason why overwhelming evidence hasn't spurred public action
against global warming"

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Study Shows How Notice-And-Takedown Reduces Transaction Costs In Making Works Legally Available

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:21:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140415/07343426918/study-shows-how-notice-and-takedown-reduces-transaction-costs-making-works-legally-available.shtml>

"Heald's research looks at music on YouTube and concludes that the
notice-and-takedown system has actually enabled much greater authorized
availability of music, by reducing transaction costs."

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Chini Plays Dress Ups

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:15:31 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Because pictures of dressed-up dogs never gets old. This one is a
Chinese crested.

http://irinawerning.com/index.php?/chini/chini-project/

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Fake Geek Guys: A Message to Men About Sexual Harassment

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:55:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://comicsalliance.com/sexual-harassment-online-rape-threats-comics-superheroes-lessons-men-geek-culture/>

"That women are harassed online is not news. That women in comics and
the broader fandom cultures are harassed online is not news. That these
women are routinely transmitted anonymous messages describing graphic

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Honey Badger Houdini - Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem - Natural World - BBC Two

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:57:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c36UNSoJenI

"Honey badgers escape from their enclosure using anything from mud balls
to rakes."

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This Company Has A 4-Day Work Week, Pays Its Workers A Full Salary And Is Super Successful

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:58:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/18/3428463/treehouse-four-day-workweek/>

"The 70 people who work at Treehouse, an online education company that
teaches people about technology, only work four days a week at the same
full salary as other tech workers. Yet the company’s revenue has grown

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Storytelling at Butterfly Club

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:43:48 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Hellooo!

I'm helping a friend establish a new storytelling venue. So, I will be
performing this Sunday at The Butterfly Club.

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The Kindergarten Tribes

Sat, 07 Jun 2014 04:35:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.neatorama.com/neatobambino/2014/04/18/The-Kindergarten-Tribes/>

"I kiss my son goodbye and I stand at the fence watching him as he
enters into the kindergarten school yard."

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People Don't Like Google Glass Because It Makes Them Seem Weak

Sat, 07 Jun 2014 04:36:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/04/people-dont-like-google-glass-because-it-makes-them-seem-weak/360919/>

"A blind writer reflects on the persistent stigma attached to assistive
technologies, even advanced ones."

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What Are Cats Thinking?

Sat, 07 Jun 2014 20:24:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/04/cat_intelligence_and_cognition_are_cats_smarter_than_dogs.html>

"Inside the mind of the world’s most uncooperative research subject."

Studying cats is difficult, but it's good to see that some work has been

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Trademarks for open collaboration

Sat, 07 Jun 2014 20:25:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://lwn.net/Articles/592966/

"Luis Villa, Yana Welinder, Pam Chestek, and Karen Copenhaver talked
about trademarks, and specifically how they can be applied to
open-source projects."

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It's good to be American (and wealthy).

Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:13:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+AlvinStearns/posts/1GBRzSHMFYT

"I once knew a man who had disappointed his family by becoming an
international peace activist instead of joining his father and brothers
in the family's substantial and highly lucrative businesses."

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Bonobo builds a fire and toasts marshmallows - Monkey Planet: Preview - BBC One

Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:14:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQcN7lHSD5Y

"Kanzi the bonobo lives in America and has learnt how to build a fire,
light it using matches and toast marshmallows on it. It shows just how
like us some primates really are."

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No, Tech Adoption Is Not Speeding Up

Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:16:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/no-tech-adoption-is-not-speeding-up-1565326373/+sarah-hedgecock>

'Yesterday the folks over at Vox published an article arguing that
generations should be defined by the technology they use, rather than by
age. They included a graph that purported to show how American society

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Aboriginal people – how to misunderstand their science

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:13:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://theconversation.com/aboriginal-people-how-to-misunderstand-their-science-23835>

"Just one generation ago Australian schoolkids were taught that
Aboriginal people couldn’t count beyond five, wandered the desert
scavenging for food, had no civilisation, couldn’t navigate and

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Four Great Myths of the McCarthy Era

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:16:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://reason.com/blog/2014/04/22/four-great-myths-of-the-mccarthy-era

"Today McCarthy has come to symbolize the entire postwar Red Scare,
allowing the hearings to serve as a tidy end to a tidy story about a
demagogue who attained outsized influence and then was cut down to size.

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Mini Metro

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:17:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://dinopoloclub.com/minimetro/

"Mini Metro is an upcoming minimalistic subway layout game. Your small
city starts with only three unconnected stations. Your task is to draw
routes between the stations to connect them with subway lines.

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Two degrees, How the world failed on climate change

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:21:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.vox.com/2014/4/22/5551004/two-degrees

"No one could really agree on how much global warming was unacceptable.
How high did the seas need to rise before we had a serious problem? How
much heat was too much?"

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Gaming for social good is more than an ethical diversion

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:23:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://theconversation.com/gaming-for-social-good-is-more-than-an-ethical-diversion-24532>

"Most of us are only too aware of the seemingly intractable problems
we’re facing within healthcare, education, community building,
environmental sustainability and regional conflict. But could

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Brandis confuses right to be heard with right to be taken seriously

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:25:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://theconversation.com/brandis-confuses-right-to-be-heard-with-right-to-be-taken-seriously-25791>

"Believers in alien abduction do not have a right to be taken seriously,
and nor do those who simply reject the evidence of climate change."

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Ocean Sculptures

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:11:16 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Made out of everyday items. This woman really knows how to work with
shape, colour, and texture. Her coral reefs are gorgeous!

http://lynnaldrich.com/section/246589_Sculpture_Wall_Works.html

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Revolving Door: MPAA Hires Chief USTR Negotiator Behind ACTA And TPP's IP Chapter

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:33:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140422/06011926988/revolving-door-mpaa-hires-chief-ustr-negotiator-behind-acta-tpps-ip-chapter.shtml>

"Because, when you combine that revolving door, with the proposals seen in
ACTA, TPP and elsewhere, it undermines the public trust in all of this. People
see it and naturally assume corruption, even if the intent is pure."

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Copyright Maximalists' Incredible Sense Of Entitlement: If It Challenges The Biz Model We Chose, It Must Be Illegal

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:34:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140422/05394826987/copyright-maximalists-incredible-sense-entitlement-if-it-challenges-biz-model-we-chose-it-must-be-illegal.shtml>

'Having followed the copyright industry for so long, I'm often shocked at the
incredible sense of entitlement of those who argue strictly for greater and
greater copyright powers. One thing we've discussed in the past is that the

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Cinema execs blame piracy for $20 ticket prices

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:35:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://delimiter.com.au/2014/04/23/cinema-execs-blame-piracy-20-ticket-prices/

"If you’ve attended an Australian cinema recently, you’ll be aware that $20
ticket prices are now a thing."

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Heartbleed as Metaphor

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:20:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/04/heartbleed-as-metaphor/

"Recent headlines have been all about a coding error in a core Internet
protocol that got named “Heartbleed.”  It is serious.  It was hiding in
plain view.  If it wasn’t exploited before its announcement, it most

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:21:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.wired.com/2014/04/mst3k-oral-history

"Released in 1966, Manos: The Hands of Fate is a D-minus of a B movie:
Its plot, about desert-­dwelling pagans, makes little sense. Its cast
could be out-acted by the stars of a day care holiday pageant. And the

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Police Chief: Not Wanting To Talk To Police Officers Is 'Odd'

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:23:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140415/10291426923/police-chief-not-wanting-to-talk-to-police-officers-is-odd.shtml>

"The backstory is this: a woman was walking down the street when a
motorcycle cop approached her, asked her if she lived in the area and if
she would talk to him. She says his approach made her feel

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Why Do So Many People Describe Aereo 'Complying' With Copyright Law As The Company 'Circumventing' Copyright Law?

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:11:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140422/18075426994/why-do-so-many-people-describe-aereo-complying-with-copyright-law-as-company-circumventing-copyright-law.shtml>

'...I wanted to focus in on one particularly annoying issue that has
come up repeatedly throughout this company's history: the idea that its
compliance with the law is actually the company circumventing the law. A

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UK Filters And The Slippery Slope Of Mass Censorship

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:12:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140418/15545526961/uk-filters-slippery-slope-mass-censorship.shtml>

'The pattern is not hard to recognize, because it happens over and over
again. Government officials find some absolute horror -- the kind of
thing that no one will stand up for -- to push for some form of

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McDonald's Gave Me the “Girl's Toy” With My Happy Meal. So I Went to the CEO.

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:13:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/04/21/mcdonald_s_and_me_my_fight_to_end_gendered_happy_meal_toys.html>

"In the fall of 2008, when I was 11 years old, I wrote to the CEO of
McDonald’s and asked him to change the way his stores sold Happy Meals."

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Kinetic sculptures made from popsicle sticks

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:18:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2014/04/22/kinetic-sculptures-made-from-p.html

"Joyce Lin, a design student at RISD, has produced a wonderful set of
kinetic sculptures made from popsicle sticks and other media, produced
in spare time during the semester. They're incredibly fun to watch and

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The Hackers Who Recovered NASA’s Lost Lunar Photos

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:20:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.wired.com/2014/04/lost-lunar-photos-recovered-by-great-feats-of-hackerdom-developed-at-a-mcdonalds/>

"The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project has since 2007 brought some
2,000 pictures back from 1,500 analog data tapes. They contain the first
high-resolution photographs ever taken from behind the lunar horizon,

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How America’s Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:33:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-americas-leading-science-fiction-authors-are-shaping-your-future-180951169/>

"The literary genre isn’t meant to predict the future, but implausible
ideas that fire inventors’ imaginations often, amazingly, come true"

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Dreamlike photos of miniature street scenes

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:34:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2014/04/22/dreamlike-photos-of-miniature.html

"Photographer Andy Rudak and model maker Luke san de Wiel created
incredible (and unusual) street scenes in miniature that became the the
subjects of gorgeous images."

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'Animal Architecture,' an awesome new photo book about the structures critters create

Sun, 15 Jun 2014 15:20:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2014/04/22/animal-architecture-an-aw.html

' "Animal Architecture," by Ingo Arndt and Jürgen Tautz, with a foreword
by Jim Brandenburg, is a beautiful new science/photography book
exploring the mystery of nature through the "complex and elegant

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Global Street Art

Sun, 15 Jun 2014 15:30:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://globalstreetart.com/

"Global Street Art is a very small team, two of us based in London, and
two working remotely. Over the course of our lives we want to build a
permanent museum dedicated to street art and graffiti - both online and

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These Dolphins Are Using Sea Sponges as Tools

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:15:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/04/these-genius-dolphins-are-using-sea-sponges-as-tools/361168/>

"And a new discovery suggests that it changes their diet—just like
technology changes ours."

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The next generation of Python programmers

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:16:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://lwn.net/Articles/595596/

'In a keynote on day two of PyCon 2014 (April 12), Jessica McKellar made
an impassioned plea for the Python community to focus on the "next
generation" of Python programmers. She outlined the

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My Life in the New American Minimum Wage Economy

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:17:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/american-minimum-wage-economy-retail-state-department-whistle-blower>

"After getting driven out of my job by the State Department, I found
myself looking for part-time positions in retail."

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BYTE Magazine Covers

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:16:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.vintagefreeware.com/bytecvrs.htm

A trip down memory lane!  Classic art from computing history.

Via Steven Pam.

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Dogs Annoying Cats with Their Friendship

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:20:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXAy_QU5WE8

D'awwwww.

Via Muse.

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The Electric Swing Circus - Everybody Wants To Be A Cat - Electro Swing

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:25:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeNpqnJ4TZY

"Electro Swing at its finest - a 6-piece fusion of saucy 20's swing and
stomping electro beats. With an explosive sound that reverberates back
through time, the ESC hotfoot their way through everything from

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Snake Charmer - Viola Smith Drums with Frances Carroll & Her Coquettes

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:35:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQOX-R2Mrrs

"Viola Smith (born November 29, 1912 is an American drummer best known
for her work in orchestras, swing bands, and popular music in the 1930s
and 1940s. She was one of the first professional female drummers."

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April Art Roundup: Frozen Nouvea, Sherlock Typography, Polygon Star Wars, & More!

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:41:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.epbot.com/2014/04/april-art-roundup-frozen-nouvea.html

"Time for this month's roundup of geek art goodness!"

Awesome art!  Love the Totoro box.

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The Importance of Kindness

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:43:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1KCzrTg9ic

"Animated adaptation of a commencement speech given by George Saunders
at Syracuse University, May 2013."

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Swing and Electro Swing Collection No.2

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:55:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nD-8euqNN4

"Enjoy the music, and please support the bands by purchasing their songs."

More Electro Swing for your delectation!

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Project Naptha

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:56:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://projectnaptha.com/

"Project Naptha automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision
algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web. The result is
a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as

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Virginia Prosecutor Educates Sexting Teens Rather Than Prosecuting Them

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:58:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140416/06360826930/virginia-prosecutor-educates-sexting-teens-rather-than-prosecuting-them.shtml>

'When a moral panic really gets rolling, it often seems like there isn't
enough inertia in the world to slow it down. It sure seemed that way to
me when it came to "sexting", the term for people, often young folks who

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Economist Explains How Copyright Just Isn't Working

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:51:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140421/16305526982/economist-explains-how-copyright-just-isnt-working.shtml>

"Alex Tabarrock, one of the contributors to Marginal Revolution (and
associate professor of Economics at George Mason University) has often
dealt with the subject of intellectual property from an economist's

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Fraggle Rock 30th Anniversary — Ask a Fraggle!

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:52:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIKeS3yf6Tg

Ask A Fraggle: "Are you guys Bronies?"

:)

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Teaching Consent to Small Children

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:55:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://afrafemme.tumblr.com/post/82059154098/teaching-consent-to-small-children>

"A friend and I were out with our kids when another family’s
two-year-old came up. She began hugging my friend’s 18-month-old,
following her around and smiling at her. My friend’s little girl looked

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Myst uses emptiness to calm you; its sequel uses emptiness to provoke you

Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:56:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.avclub.com/article/myst-uses-emptiness-calm-you-its-sequel-uses-empti-203238>

"Games are the rare artworks that don’t presume an audience. There are
players, sure, but players occupy a role somewhere between audience and
creator. Put simply, they’re participants, and games are built with the

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Digging up meaning from the rubble of an excavated Atari landfill

Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:58:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/04/digging-up-meaning-from-the-rubble-of-an-excavated-atari-landfill/>

"Why are we so interested in some buried hunks of plastic and silicon?"

"The idea of things is more important than their reality"

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Kickstarter Simulator 2015

Sat, 21 Jun 2014 23:56:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://twinbeard.com/kickstarter-simulator-2015

"We’ve had so much fun running the Frog Fractions 2 Kickstarter that we
made an autobiographical game about running Kickstarters!"

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Kitten ADDICTED to HAMSTER BALL!!

Sat, 21 Jun 2014 23:57:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXWa5WVjBm4

"The hamster ball is the BEST CAT TOY!  It's just HILARIOUS to watch our
Abyssinian kittens fight over who gets in first!! They LOVE the hamster
ball!! Abyssinian kittens are so fun entertaining!!"

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David Brin's Favorite Science Fiction Films

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:24:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://davidbrin.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/david-brins-favorite-science-fiction.html>

"Science Fiction is multi-dimensional and no one criterion can be used
to determine a best-of list. Hence, I must divide my favorites into
categories. And yes, each choice would be worth many paragraphs of

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Patent Litigation Cost US Business About A Trillion Dollars In A Quarter Century, Outweighing Benefits

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:27:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140416/04183626928/patent-litigation-cost-us-business-about-trillion-dollars-quarter-century-outweighing-benefits.shtml>

"Techdirt recently wrote about the ever-growing flood of patents being
granted by the USPTO. As we've emphasized, more patents do not mean more
innovation; nor do they necessarily lead to greater overall benefits for

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Google's Self-Driving Car Already Drives Better Than You Do

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:05:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/28/google_self_driving_car_safety_first_with_city_streets_bicyclists_pedestrians.html>

"You’re driving down a busy suburban street when a bicyclist suddenly
raises his arm and weaves out in front of you. You tap the brakes, only
for the bicyclist to change his mind and settle back into his bike lane.

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Publish books using Git and Markdown

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:07:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.gitbook.io/

"GitBook makes it easy to publish great books."

An easy way to write, edit and publish textbooks.  Nifty.

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High time to end this immoral drugs war

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:22:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/high-time-to-end-this-immoral-drugs-war-9299168.html>

"Though he toyed with drug reform, David Cameron abandoned it for fear
of hostile headlines. Yet the path from prohibition is a modern,
conservative and radical step which makes sense politically, too"

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FaceRig videos

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:31:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://facerig.com/videos


"FaceRig is a program enabling anyone with a webcam to digitally embody
any character they want. For now we're focusing on just the portrait,

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How Piketty's Bombshell Book Blows Up Libertarian Fantasies

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:43:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.alternet.org/economy/how-pikettys-bombshell-book-blows-libertarian-fantasies>

"Sorry, Ayn Rand. Your fiction has been exposed as, well, fiction."

“A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of

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Raising a Moral Child

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:45:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/opinion/sunday/raising-a-moral-child.html>

"What does it take to be a good parent? We know some of the tricks for
teaching kids to become high achievers. For example, research suggests
that when parents praise effort rather than ability, children develop a

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Playing with privilege: the invisible benefits of gaming while male

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:26:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/23/5640678/playing-with-privilege-the-invisible-benefits-of-gaming-while-male>

"Over the course of the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to serve
as producer on the Tropes vs Women in Video Games web series. During
that time, I have been taken aback by the intense and often abusive

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In Each Other We Trust: Coining Alternatives to Capitalism

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:27:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.shareable.net/blog/in-each-other-we-trust-coining-alternatives-to-capitalism>

"Beyond God and state, it’s money that rules. Can we still imagine
alternatives? And what role will recent innovations like Bitcoin play in
the struggle?"

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Thomas Piketty is a rock-star economist – can he re-write the American dream?

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:28:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/27/thomas-piketty-economist-american-dream>

"The unlikely bestseller has roiled pundits and crystallized a
conversation about inequality we should have had long ago. Now he has to
win over normal people"

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You Don't Have To Be Desperate To Believe That Trust Is A Good Thing

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:52:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140427/06501727039/you-dont-have-to-be-desperate-to-believe-that-trust-is-good-thing.shtml>

'Wired Magazine recently had an interesting cover story entitled How
Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other. It's a basic
discussion of how much of the so-called "sharing economy" is built

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The Fantasy and Abuse of the Manipulable User

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:53:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://modelviewculture.com/pieces/the-fantasy-and-abuse-of-the-manipulable-user>

"When mistreating users becomes competitive advantage."

Excellent article on personal boundary violations in user-interface design.

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Programming Sucks

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:55:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://stilldrinking.org/programming-sucks

'Every friend I have with a job that involves picking up something
heavier than a laptop more than twice a week eventually finds a way to
slip something like this into conversation: "Bro, you don't work hard. I

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Flowers Opening Timelapse

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:13:26 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Timelapse of flowers unfurling has been done before. However, this is a
particularly dynamic and beautiful production with good music to back it
up. The colour and diversity of the flowers makes it all the more
interesting.

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Science Fiction Terms and from Whence They Came

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:01:49 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
There are so many words and phrases that we use in science fiction—and
even science—without giving it much thought. But where did we get terms
like "death ray," "terraforming," "hive mind," "telepathy," and
"parallel universe"?

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How to Prevent the next Heartbleed

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:40:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.dwheeler.com/essays/heartbleed.html

"The impact of the Heartbleed vulnerability was unusually large.
Heartbleed affected a huge number of popular websites, including Google,
Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo!, Bing, Pinterest, Blogspot, Instagram, Tumblr,

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The Global Crisis: Seeing It Whole

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:42:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/01-4

"If important new studies of social and economic failure can be fused
with awareness of environmental and security trends, the chances of
progress will be multiplied."

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New Paper Says It's Time To Reasonably Decrease Copyright Term And Rethink Putting Copyright In Treaties

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:44:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140430/17540527084/new-paper-says-its-time-to-reasonably-decrease-copyright-term-rethink-putting-copyright-treaties.shtml>

"A couple years ago, a Congressional staffer named Derek Khanna wrote a
fantastic policy brief on copyright, arguing for a variety of sensible
reforms, including bringing copyright term downward to a much more

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What We Do in the Shadows - Official Trailer

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:05:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv568AzZ-i8

"The official trailer for the New Zealand vampire comedy 'What We Do in
the Shadows', directed by Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi, about three
vampire flatmates coping with the modern world."

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Vibes Cat

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:06:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV6lkoB3wRw

"This is what I have to put up with when I'm practicing.
www.timcollinsmusic.com - There's cameo appearance by my other cat in
this video too ;)"

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DIY mineral water

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:08:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://blog.khymos.org/2011/01/30/diy-mineral-water/
http://blog.khymos.org/2012/01/04/mineral-waters-a-la-carte/

"Being a chemist I started pondering about whether it would be possible
to mimic natural mineral waters by adding a clever cocktail of salts

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History Repeating: Google Glass Getting Same Treatment As Walkman And Cameras Once Did

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:59:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140416/16531326937/history-repeating-google-glass-getting-same-treatment-as-walkman-cameras-once-did.shtml>

'There's just something about Google Glass that seems to... create a
visceral emotional response among some people. For some it's excitement
at the potential, but for many others it's pure hate, leading to things

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Glass Art

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:41:05 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Lovely glass art from New Zealand. I'm not surprised many of these
sculptures have the word "sold" printed on their descriptions.

http://www.brokenliquid.com/

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Hoof It

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:38:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://vimeo.com/93093130

"A boy goes on a perilous quest through the mountains to rescue his
family's missing goat. My 3rd Year film at CalArts!"

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Star Wars Cantina Band Auditions

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:40:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ROl4LuyNQM

"We partnered with Lucasfilm and YouTube on a trip back to Tatooine's
favorite hive of scum and villainy. Featuring in order Chris Daughtry,
Ben Folds, Liz Phair, Reggie Watts, Mark McGrath, Jordin Sparks, Rick

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What the 1% Don’t Want Us to Know

Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:34:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://billmoyers.com/episode/what-the-1-dont-want-you-to-know-2/

“What Piketty’s really done now is he said, ‘Even those of you who talk about
the 1 percent, you don’t really get what’s going on.’ He’s telling us that we
are on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an

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Wooden VW Beetle

Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:35:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+KylaMyers/posts/MJut5rCBq2m

"Bosnian pensioner Momir Bojic cleans his wooden Volkswagen Beetle car
in front of his home in Celinac near Banja Luka, April 2, 2014. Picture
taken April 2, 2014. Reuters/Dado Ruvic."

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DIY Cat sleeping bed

Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:14:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKaXtsWg2Z4

Blanket origami!

Via Eva Fleming and Liz Quilty.

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To the Princeton Privileged Kid

Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:16:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://groupthink.jezebel.com/to-the-princeton-privileged-kid-1570383740

"Your angry op-ed has been been going around my Facebook for a few days
now, and since I'm tired of unfriending those who have approvingly
posted it, I'd like to address you directly here."

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Observations of an Internet Middleman

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:25:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://blog.level3.com/global-connectivity/observations-internet-middleman/>

"We received a lot of positive feedback, as well as a lot of questions
when Mike posted his recent story, Chicken. Many of the questions asked
for more specific data about the scale and size of the problem. This

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This Cat Has A Crush On A Human And Isn't Afraid To Show It

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:26:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/02/cat-loves-man_n_5255295.html

"Every day at midnight, Kalim makes coffee to study and stay awake,
according to his YouTube video description. And every single night, his
friend's cat seizes the opportunity to smother him with her affection."

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US Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Number Declassified: Only 309 Warheads Cut By Obama Administration

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:28:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://fas.org/blogs/security/2014/04/nuclearstockpile/

"After a transparency hiatus of four years, the Obama administration has
declassified the size of its nuclear weapons stockpile: 4,804 warheads
as of September 2013."

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