Glass Wings Blog: August 2014

A river personified

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:33:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://crawford.anu.edu.au/news/4098/river-personified

"By giving the river legal standing, it recognises the river as a living whole
and enables the river to have an independent voice. Ownership of the river has
been vested away from Crown title and placed in the name of the river itself."

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Another study blows up the myth of upward mobility

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:34:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/04/1304369/-Another-study-blows-up-the-myth-of-upward-mobility

"Sociologists Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle and Linda Olson followed nearly
800 Baltimore kids starting in 1982, when they were first-graders. Thirty years
later, their study shows just how rare it is to rise from a low-income

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Piratebox 1.0: anonymous, go-anywhere wireless file-sharing

Sat, 02 Aug 2014 01:36:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/02/piratebox-1-0-anonymous-go-a.html

"PirateBox creates offline wireless networks designed for anonymous file
sharing, chatting, message boarding, and media streaming. You can think
of it as your very own portable offline Internet in a box!"

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Pop Middle Ages

Sat, 02 Aug 2014 01:40:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://farnit.com/

"Pop Middle Ages is a print-series based on the coolest referents of
popular culture. They are basically 8.3x11.7 prints (f**kin’ A4 prints)
available both B&W and color which represent characters from popular

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Is a 400k salary too much for a university president? Four academics apply to share one lucrative U of Alberta position

Sat, 02 Aug 2014 13:44:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/features/2014/06/06/university-of-alberta-president-salary-letter/>

"There's a job opening at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Indira
Samarasekera, the current president and vice-chancellor, is stepping
down at the end of the month and the search is on for her replacement.

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Sunday Sweets: Studio Ghibli

Sat, 02 Aug 2014 13:49:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2014/6/8/sunday-sweets-studio-ghibli.html

"So now that I'm newly inspired by all things Miyazaki, I thought I'd
round up the best Studio Ghibli cakes I could find. Even if you're like
me and haven't seen all of them yet, these gorgeous cakes are still a

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Strategic Sympathy Reserves

Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:58:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://ursulav.livejournal.com/1588153.html

"I have not been willing to read books about awful people for a long
time, because their awfulness is not the least bit interesting to me,
but I am also starting to lose patience with standard fantasy people.

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Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids The World’s Oceans Of Plastic While Generating Clean Energy

Sun, 03 Aug 2014 03:09:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://themindunleashed.org/2014/04/floating-seawer-skyscraper-rids-worlds-oceans-plastic-generating-clean-energy.html>

"Seawer is a self-supported hydroelectric power station that can
generate electricity using seawater at the same time that it cleans up
plastic waste. The huge structure separates plastic particles and

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Mein Kleiner Grüner Kaktus: German novelty tune WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY

Sun, 03 Aug 2014 12:50:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/06/mein-kleiner-gruner-kaktus-ge.html

'Here's my jam today: the Comedian Harmonists' "Mein Kleiner Grüner
Kaktus," in a modern arrangement performed with a choir and orchestra at
a concert hall in Maastricht. If this doesn't put you in a good mood, I

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Ish: How A Suffix Became A Word

Sun, 03 Aug 2014 12:51:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2014/06/09/ish_how_a_suffix_became_an_independent_word_even_though_it_s_not_in_all.html>

"In fact, ish is atypical even among its uncommon cohorts, such as ism
and ology, which both refer to a general class to which the more
specific exemplars belong. In other words, nationalism and communism are

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Why a St. Bernard Will Not Save You in the Alps

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 04:01:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://modernfarmer.com/2014/06/why-a-st-bernard-will-not-save-you-in-the-alps/>

"High in the Alps, you’ve lost your way: snow blind, thirsty and cold.
But what’s that bark? A rescue dog? And can it be? Has the St. Bernard
that’s come to your aid really brought you a flagon of brandy? Why not

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Han And Leia Get Genderbent [Cosplay]

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 04:03:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://fashionablygeek.com/costumes/han-and-leia-get-genderbent-cosplay/

"Han Solo and Leia Organa are one of my favorite couples in all of
science fiction. All of anything ever, actually. I even like them when
they’re gender swapped, and C&C Cosplay did a great job mixing up the

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On Complexity and Collapse

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:01:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+MurrayJBrown/posts/UM5VECa8bK2

"Dave Pollard writes: The third and final part of my series of articles
on complexity and collapse is now up on the SHIFT Magazine site. Here’s
a synopsis of all three parts, with links to the online versions of the

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We need to talk about growth. (And we need to do the sums as well.)

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:03:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://persuademe.com.au/need-talk-growth-need-sums-well/

"Sometimes environmentalists cynically suggest that those who are
gung-ho for growth seem to think we will be able to find a new planet
once we have trashed or run out of space on this one. A bit of simple

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Musical gutters in Neustadt

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:23:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://feber.se/hem/art/143937/vackra_och_lekfulla_stuprnnor/

Now that's the kind of public art I like!

Also check out the rest of the site.  Here's their very cool

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The FLOK Society Project: Making The Good Life Possible Through Good Knowledge

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 02:44:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140530/08262827410/flok-society-project-making-good-life-possible-through-good-knowledge.shtml>

"One of the most striking and important developments in the world of
technology over the last two decades or so has been the rise of an
alternative mode of production that is open, collaborative and global."

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Hoag's Object

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 02:45:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+BrianKoberlein/posts/Vp5ZpQmS5TC

"Hoag’s object is perhaps the most famous example of a rare type of
galaxy known as a ring galaxy. It is comprised of a core of older stars
surrounded by a ring of young hot blue stars."

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Tesla announced it will open source ALL OF ITS PATENTS

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 02:50:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/LvVvuCML6PS

"Initially, they shared the Supercharger patents (superchargers provide
free solar electricity for all Tesla owners for life), but now they
share all patents."

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Elon Musk Destroys The Rationale For Patents, Opens Up All Of Tesla's

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:58:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140612/11253427557/elon-musk-destroys-rationale-patents-opens-up-all-teslas.shtml>

More in-depth commentary on the Tesla Motors patents.

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Man Trapped Overnight at Vegas Airport Shoots Ridiculous Music Video

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:59:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://gawker.com/man-trapped-overnight-at-vegas-airport-shoots-ridiculou-1588889578>

'Caught overnight at Las Vegas' McCarran Airport with practically no one
else around, Richard Dunn could have taken a cab back to the strip and
partied until his flight in the morning. Instead, he whipped out his

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Not so cheap: Australia needs to acknowledge the real cost of coal

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:00:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/not-so-cheap-australia-needs-to-acknowledge-the-real-cost-of-coal-26640>

"US President Barack Obama’s latest plan to reduce carbon emissions is a
welcome one, and not just because it addresses climate change. In
publicising the plan to cut emissions from old coal power stations,

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Hello Kitty Origami 3D

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:48:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://origami-blog.origami-kids.com/eng/hello-kitty-origami-3d.htm

"If you want to grow patient try this Hello Kitty 3D Origami. It takes a
while, but it is really worthy. One of the cutest 3D creations of Hello
Kitty."

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Iron Man in Cardboard by the Taiwanese Tony Stark

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:50:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.stanwinstonschool.com/blog/cardboard-iron-man

"We're excited to introduce you to 20-year-old "Cardboard Artist" and
Taiwanese student 鍾凱翔 (Kai-Xiang Xhong). The stunning craftsmanship
and detail he applied to his first cardboard creation, “The Dragon” left

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The Disruption Machine

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 01:52:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/06/23/the-disruption-machine?currentPage=all>

"What the gospel of innovation gets wrong."

An interesting critical examination of "disruptive innovation".

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Mexican Masks as Furniture

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:20:51 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
So cool!-

the vibrant nature of mexican characters influenced ana jimenez to
construct "los enmascarados," five pieces of furniture reflecting the
nation's traditional masks. the costume accessories are familiarly used

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Once More, With Feeling: Sherlock Holmes Is In The Public Domain

Sat, 09 Aug 2014 05:39:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140616/11410827596/appeals-court-says-sherlock-holmes-is-still-public-domain-no-matter-what-conan-doyle-estate-believes.shtml>

"Over the last few years, we've been covering the declaratory judgment
lawsuit trying to establish that Sherlock Holmes is in the public
domain. As explained, nearly all of the stories about Holmes were

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Rik Mayall: A video tribute

Sat, 09 Aug 2014 05:40:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.comedy.co.uk/features/rik_mayall_video_tribute/

"From Kevin Turvey to Lord Flashheart, Alan B'Stard to Richard 'Richie'
Richard - every time Rik Mayall stepped in front of camera one knew that
all eyes would turn to him. He was one of the ultimate scene stealers,

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Lennon & Maisy - "That's What's Up" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Sat, 09 Aug 2014 05:43:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Mr2pmuad4

'Lennon and Maisy Stella cover a song they love by the amazing Edward
Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros "That's What's Up"... Hope you like it!!'

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Archaia Announces JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES Comics Miniseries

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 04:34:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nerdist.com/2014/06/exclusive-archaia-announces-jim-hensons-the-storyteller-witches-comics-miniseries/>

"Archaia, the official publisher of Jim Henson comics and graphic
novels, is launching a new comics miniseries based on one of Henson’s
franchises. The Storyteller: Witches will focus on different folk tales

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OK Go - The Writing's On the Wall - Official Video

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 04:35:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m86ae_e_ptU

Hooray, a new +OK Go song and video!  They are justly famed for their
imaginative video clips.

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Japan Fans Did What No Other Soccer Fans Would After Their World Cup Team Lost

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 04:37:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://mic.com/articles/91279/japan-fans-did-what-no-other-soccer-fans-would-after-their-world-cup-team-lost>

"On Saturday, Japan lost its first World Cup match with the Ivory Coast
by 2-1. While that could have been a demoralizing start for most sports
enthusiasts, a bunch of Japanese fans who attended the event at Arena

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Animal Illustrations

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:07:45 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
"Italian graphic designer Andrea Minini produces all kinds of adorable
abstract animal portraits by drawing complex arrangements of lines and
curves in Adobe Illustrator. In the minimalist illustrations, Minini
uses layer upon layer of overlapping lines, which perfectly blend
together into detailed animal shapes like a puma, an owl, a koala, and a

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My OCD (Song)

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:48:22 +1000

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

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

'This song is not intended to make fun of people with OCD, but rather to
demonstrate and poke fun at the tendency of so many people to point out
things that are off-center, off-balance, etc. and say "It's driving my

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Cat And Lynx Become Inseparable Friends

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:49:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://lovemeow.com/2014/06/cat-and-lynx-become-inseparable-friends/

"An European Lynx had a feline friend who came to visit her everyday at
the Leningrad (St Petersburg) Zoo, the oldest zoo in Russia. The calico
cat bonded with the Lynx on the first day they met. They have been

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Game of Thrones panic: a skeleton army to fight piracy

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 02:59:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://dailyreview.crikey.com.au/game-of-thrones-panic-a-skeleton-army-to-fight-piracy/>

"We are, it seems, in the throes of yet another online piracy panic."

Via Mark Newton, who added:

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People doing amazing things for animals (28 Pictures)

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:01:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.awesomelycute.com/2014/03/people-doing-amazing-things-for-animals/>

I've seen almost all of these before, but it's a good compilation.

Via Nixie Pixel.

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A sequel to ‘The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot’ has entered production, according to Paul McGann.

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:35:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
McGann, who made a brief appearance in the original special, was
speaking at an event for Cambridge Union Society, which also saw
Sylvester McCoy speak back in May.

For more details on the talk, go to: http://bit.ly/1iMnU9f

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A Parody of ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ Imagining the 1977 Space Opera Film as a Disney Musical

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:37:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/a-parody-of-star-wars-episode-iv-a-new-hope-imagining-the-1977-space-opera-film-as-a-disney-musical/>

"Composer George Shaw and filmmaker Jeffrey Gee Chin have teamed up to
create a wonderful parody of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope that
imagines the 1977 space opera film as a Disney musical."

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All In Together, A Wild West Steampunk Music Video by Professor Elemental

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:56:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/all-in-together-a-wild-west-steampunk-music-video-by-professor-elemental/>

"Chap hop artist Professor Elemental brings his steampunk stylings to
the Wild West in his latest music video, “All In Together.” The video
was directed by The Moog and was shot at Old Tucson in Arizona."

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That Time When People Thought Playing Chess Would Make You Violent

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:11:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140613/08020527566/that-time-when-people-thought-playing-chess-would-make-you-violent.shtml>

"Whenever one is forced to bear witness to the predictable silliness of the
moral panic of the day, it is useful to recall all the past moral panics that
we now consider so equally silly."

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The Rebuttal of Schrödinger's Cat by Sarah Donner

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:13:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdddDwRq0zI

"Filmed at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory."

An adorable musical triple-play:  it's got physics, ukulele, and cats!

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Wolf Pup Hiccups!

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:15:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNY79Ktq_vg

"Wolves can make a variety of vocalizations. They growl, whimper, whine, bark,
huff, howl... Although the wolf's howl is has been the inspiration for films,
essays, poems, etc... we think there is another sound that evokes equal levels

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15 Pieces of Funny and Sarcastic Street Art by Mobstr

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:16:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.neatorama.com/2014/06/17/15-Funny-Sarcastic-Street-Art-Mobstr/>

"We've posted about the witty street art of UK urban artist Mobstr a
while ago on Neatorama, but the punny gent has got a few new pieces, so
it's worth revisiting. Here are 10 of the most sarcastically funny

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Caravan Palace - Suzy

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:17:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j95HbhTl60k

Mmm, love that electro swing, and what a great video!

Via Muse.

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Australian Media Company CEO Accuses iiNet ISP Of Piracy 'Lies', Says Illegal Filesharing Is Theft

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:18:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140619/05472027622/australian-media-company-ceo-accuses-iinet-isp-piracy-lies-says-illegal-filesharing-is-theft.shtml>

"For many years, Techdirt has been covering the dogged efforts of the
Australian ISP iiNet to stand up for its users against bullying by the
copyright industries. After Hollywood lost its big lawsuit against iiNet

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Aviator cat statuette by Hontor

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 03:53:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.steampunktendencies.com/post/89470775134/hontor

Lovely statuette!

Via S lyn Watson

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The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 03:55:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jun/19/open-source-revolution-conquer-one-percent-cia-spy>

"The man who trained more than 66 countries in open source methods calls
for re-invention of intelligence to re-engineer Earth"

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CAT SONG

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 03:56:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ58M1sAaWY

"Not every cat looks strange, can do a trick, or be famous. Our friend
from Depressed Song returns with her regular, okay cat. And there's
nothing wrong with that."

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About the SPCA of Wake County’s “Take a Chance on Me”

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:13:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.spcawake.org/site/PageServer?pagename=LipDubVideo

"In September 2011, SPCA of Wake County volunteers and staff came
together to make a fun little lip-dub (lip-syncing to a song and done in
one continuous, unedited shot) video about taking a chance on adopting a

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R. J. Blain: A Fantasy author who could use some help.

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:20:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+RJBlain-Author/posts/ExLymxNU7mp

"I don't like asking for money, so I want to try something else. I'm an
author. I've written three books, and working on several more. I write
urban fantasy thrillers, epic fantasies, and traditional fantasies."

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Of Course Tesla Wasn't Just Being Altruistic In Opening Up Its Patents: That's The Whole Point!

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:21:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140622/06531127647/course-tesla-wasnt-just-being-altruistic-opening-up-its-patents-thats-whole-point.shtml>

'We, like many in the media, already wrote up the story about Elon
Musk's announcement that Tesla was opening up all of Tesla's patents,
promising not to bring any lawsuits against anyone who uses them in good

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:12:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1449446205/ampweb-20

"Phoebe is a remarkably real little girl, as bright and imaginative as
Bill Watterson's Calvin, as touchingly vulnerable as Charles Schulz's
Charlie Brown. And if these strike you as big names to conjure with,

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Consume, Conform, Obey: What Homeland Security's Targeting Of Anti-Consumerist Activities Says About The Government's Desires

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:13:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140615/15335527591/consume-conform-obey-what-homeland-securitys-targeting-anti-consumerist-activities-says-about-governments-desires.shtml>

"At some point in time, the DHS and members of its Joint Terrorism Task
Force must have viewed John Carpenter's cult classic "They Live" and saw
in it a blueprint for future actions. If you're not familiar with the

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These 22 Photos Will Make You Fall In Love With Foxes

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 04:15:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://themindunleashed.org/2014/06/22-photos-will-make-fall-love-foxes.html>

"Owing to its beautiful coat and bushy tail, which can be fiery red,
steely gray or snow-white, the fox has held a special place in our
hearts since time immemorial as a beautiful and mysterious woodland

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Full-motion video on a 1981 IBM PC

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 04:19:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.osnews.com/story/27792/Full-motion_video_on_a_1981_IBM_PC

"I gave a talk in 2007 that explained 8088 Corruption in detail, and in
that talk I explained that displaying FMV using CGA in graphics mode
would be impossible. This is because CGA graphics mode uses 8x the

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'Beyond Beyond' takes rabbits to the Feather King's realm

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:38:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.flayrah.com/5576/beyond-beyond-takes-rabbits-feather-kings-realm>

"Johan, a rabbit boy, goes on a journey to a magical world. Here he
meets the Feather King; Bill, the mad architect; a tough skipper; and
all the spring princes. But the Feather King’s realm is not for small

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Houston, We Have A Public Domain Problem

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:40:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@xor/houston-we-have-a-public-domain-problem-bd971c57dfdc>

"It’s a dangerous myth, that we should all need permission any time
we’re getting value out of a piece of culture. And it’s one that gets
entrenched deeper each time we accept the idea that we’re able to make

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Janelle Monae: Sci Fi Queen Yet Uncrowned

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:42:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://stormingtheivorytower.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/janelle-monae-sci-fi-queen-yet-uncrowned.html>

"I can't speak too much to the significance of Afrofuturism or its
history, as I am in many ways very peripheral to the whole thing and
haven't done the minimum requisite reading that'd make me comfortable

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Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:33:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2014/06/24/thomas-pikettys-capital-in-t.html

"Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century is a bestselling economics
tome whose combination of deep, careful presentation of centuries' worth
of data, along with an equally careful analysis of where capitalism is

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Know Your Double, A doppelgänger field guide

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:35:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/the-nib/know-your-double-7f7b029ae71e

A handy guide.

Via Muse.

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A Star Trek-like space exploration miniatures game design

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:36:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BrentNewhall/posts/GDYdskf5yaB

Game design in action!

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otto and victoria

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:42:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://briankesinger.deviantart.com/gallery/39776326/otto-and-victoria

These are great!

Via Halfdan Reschat and S lyn Watson.

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What It Takes To Cooperate With Future Generations On Climate Change

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:43:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/26/3453548/cooperating-with-future-climate-change-study/>

"Simply cooperating in everyday life is hard enough, but cooperating
with future generations is a whole other challenge — and one that makes
addressing climate change so difficult."

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John Lopez Studio

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:48:42 +1000

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

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

'In the midst of a successful career in bronze sculpting, John Lopez
discovered this exciting new direction: scrap iron sculpting. "I am
never bored! I look forward to each new creation, and it is helping me

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Always #LikeAGirl

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:50:27 +1000

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

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

"Using #LikeAGirl as an insult is a hard knock against any adolescent
girl. And since the rest of puberty's really no picnic either, it's easy
to see what a huge impact it can have on a girl's self-confidence.

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Before & After

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:58:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http:/www.estherhonig.com/#!before--after-/cvkn

"In the U.S. Photoshop has become a symbol of our society's unobtainable
standards for beauty. My project, Before & After, examines how these
standards vary across cultures on a global level."

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World Order (Find The Light / Mind Shift) Special X-Mass

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:01:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf0fMCFvnD0

A Christmas Special performance.  World Order are great fun.  I always
enjoy their videos!

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Toad Words

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:03:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://ursulav.livejournal.com/1590177.html

"Terri Windling posted recently about the old fairy tale of frogs
falling from a girl's lips, and I started thinking about what I'd do if
that happened to me."

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KR0NPR1NZ's deviantART Gallery

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:37:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://kr0npr1nz.deviantart.com/gallery/

Lovely Anime, Manga and video game inspired art by Ilya Kuvshinov

Via Kitsu Sensei on the Miyazaki Mailing List

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Barenaked Ladies - "Odds Are" (Official Music Video)

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:37:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Sw9Fh6uk4Q

There's just so much going on in this video!

Via Muse.

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These 'Fabergé Fractals' will blow your mind

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:40:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://pda.sciencealert.com.au/news/20142706-25757.html

"Former laser physicist Tom Beddard has turned his hand to creating
incredible pieces of art that celebrate the beauty and intricacy of
fractals."

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Reindeer Pavilion in Norway Naturparks Norsk Villreinsenter

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:34:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+OleOlson/posts/jFUVz5z92AM

"Out hiking in Norway? Take a pit stop at this stunning den for a while
and watch the reindeer and scenery."

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Together: Amna & Saif

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:37:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://togetherthegame.com/

"Together: Amna & Saif is a couch co-op adventure puzzle game that gets
you to talk, interact and think about each other. Different than most
co-op games, in Together you can't complete anything by yourself. You

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Totoro And Company: furniture collection – Dot & Bo

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:42:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/totoro-and-company

"The eponymous star of My Neighbor Totoro and mascot for famed Japanese
animation house Studio Ghibli, the whimsical forest creature Totoro is a
friend to both the environment and the young at heart. Inspired by his

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Authors dress up as their favourite characters

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:22:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27945483

"Photographer Cambridge Jones has collaborated with The Story Museum for
its latest exhibition which celebrates childhood story heroes and sees
well-known authors dress up as their favourite literary characters."

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Optimized Origami

Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:23:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/117663015413546257905/posts/eeWnz9H7Fur

"This spectacular image by Greg Egan is the answer to a hard math
problem.  He showed that this configuration of 4 interlocking
dodecahedra is the one that makes the origami strips as wide as possible

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'Vampire' squirrel has world's fluffiest tail

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:52:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://news.sciencemag.org/plants-animals/2014/06/vampire-squirrel-has-worlds-fluffiest-tail>

"Few scientists have ever seen the rare tufted ground squirrel
(Rheithrosciurus macrotis), which hides in the hilly forests of Borneo,
but it is an odd beast. It’s twice the size of most tree squirrels, and

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Rejected Princesses

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:59:47 +1000

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

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

"Women too awesome, awful or offbeat for kids' movies."

A wonderful catalogue of historical women with Disney-inspired art.

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Duet - Glen Keane

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:13:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9CG_PoEWCg

A wonderful example of the work of a master of hand-drawn animation.

Via Muse.

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Marmota Café

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:16:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.etsy.com/shop/laMarmotaCafe

Adorable marmot costumes!

Also via Muse.

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The dark side of .io: How the U.K. is making web domain profits from a shady Cold War land deal

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:07:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://gigaom.com/2014/06/30/the-dark-side-of-io-how-the-u-k-is-making-web-domain-profits-from-a-shady-cold-war-land-deal/>

"The .io domain is a hit, but few startups using it appreciate the
associations it carries — a mass expulsion that took place within living
memory, and a crucial staging-post for the “War on Terror”."

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When Marnie Was There - Studio Ghibli - Trailer (Omoide no Marnie - 思い出のマーニー)

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:08:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCAjMGl1mJg

"First trailer of Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There) new Studio
Ghibli film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty)."

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Oluwaseyi Sosanya invents 3D-weaving machine

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:33:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.dezeen.com/2014/06/23/oluwaseyi-sosanya-invents-3d-weaving-machine-show-rca-2014/>

"Royal College of Art (RCA) graduate Oluwaseyi Sosanya has created a
loom that can weave in three dimensions and used it to create a shoe
sole, presented at the institution's annual degree show"

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The Lemon Market of Programming Language Adoption

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:35:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://outspeaking.com/words-of-technology/the-lemon-market-of-programming-language-adoption.html>

"Choosing a programming language is like buying a used car because you
can't have complete information about how the language will meet your
needs until it's either helped your project succeed or held back the

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Full-Color Printing With Aluminum Nanostructures As A Palette

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:45:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/web/2014/06/Full-Color-Printing-Aluminum-Nanostructures.html>

"Plasmonics: Arrays of metal-topped nanopillars give a broad palette of
colors for printing high-resolution, fade-resistant images"

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The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:45:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014_full.html>

"But the problem isn’t that we have inequality. Some inequality is
intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is
that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every

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Art Students Transform an Electrical Tower into a Stained Glass Lighthouse

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:08:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/07/stained-glass-electrical-tower/

"Back in 2010, a trio of art students from Klasse Löbbert in Germany
took it upon themselves to transform a boring electrical tower into a
translucent, stained glass installation."

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Former IT salesman: 'In part I blame the American mindset that took hold'

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:10:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/joris-luyendijk-banking-blog/2012/may/30/former-it-salesman-voices-of-finance>

"Joris talks to an expert in banking systems about the competitive
spirit – and the time when he thought he was doing good"

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This hospital allowed a dying police officer a final visit from his horse...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:11:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+GlennMurrayCopywriter/posts/DhL83N4nbKQ

Very moving.

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'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Stories Behind The Songs

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:11:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://music-mix.ew.com/2014/07/03/weird-al-songs-stories-eat-it-fat/

"For 35 years, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been music’s most reliable
satirist, sending up the biggest pop hits and the most iconic artists
for the sake of belly laughs."

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Stop Interrupting Me: Gender, Conversation Dominance, and Listener Bias

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:12:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/stop-interrupting-me-gender.html>

"Of course there are plenty of men who do not behave this way, many
conversations that don't go this way―but there are many that do. I
suspect that introverts also experience some of the above challenges

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Celebrating 50 Years of American Doctor Who

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:12:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCv5o7n_mtk

"I was so intrigued by SmugMode's list of all the Doctors if they were
American that I decided to make my own little 50th Anniversary video for
them."

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BBC Institutes Changes to Prevent "False Balance" in Science Reporting

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:21:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://io9.com/bbc-institutes-changes-to-prevent-false-balance-in-sc-1600207025>

'The BBC Trust published an update on an years-old report questioning
the "over-rigid application of editorial guidelines on impartiality" in
science reporting. Or, as the Telegraph put it, they were told to "stop

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The perils of flying while brown

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:22:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.salon.com/2014/07/05/the_perils_of_flying_while_brown_partner/>

"As a member of a multi-skin-toned family, I've come to regard the TSA
with a mixture of fear and loathing"

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Major New Study Finds Kids Raised By Same-Sex Couples Are ‘Healthier And Happier’

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:23:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/07/05/3456717/kids-raised-by-same-sex-couples-are-healthier-and-happier/>

"It’s the rallying cry for opponents of same-sex marriage: “Every child
deserves a mom or a dad.” But a major new study finds that kids raised
by same-sex couples actually do a bit better “than the general

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Ship

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:50:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://maximumble.thebookofbiff.com/2013/03/21/594-ship/

"Have you guys seen the Internet yet! They totally have lots of pictures
of cats. Also lots of pictures of boxes. If you ever have to move a
house full of cats, packing will not be an issue."

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pullpush

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:52:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://pullpu.sh/

"A curated library of quality, well-maintained jQuery and plain
JavaScript plugins and libraries."

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Toy Wars

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:53:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXOdL7YJRNs

"Playtime is over."

Great VFX work.

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Thiaz Itch

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:05:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Thiaz_Itch/

"Swinging from synthetic fanfare to approximate big band, Thiaz Itch
croons sprinkling his shimmering colors in an anachronistic and funny show.

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William Shatner - She Blinded me with science

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:06:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyk7rR-VcGQ

I've always loved the original Thomas Dolby version of this song, and
this is certainly another version.

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This is the most ambitious game in the universe

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:02:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/1/5856718/no-mans-sky-preview

"'No Man's Sky' swaps fetch quests and missions for a living, breathing
universe of infinite possibility"

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Sunday Sweets: Classic Kids' Books!

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:03:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2014/7/6/sunday-sweets-classic-kids-books.html>

'To quote an awesome grandfather, "When I was your age, television was
called BOOKS."'

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New Methods of Animation

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:10:55 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
What an incredibly awesome way to do stop-motion animation!

“We became the first company to take the age-old technique of
replacement animation and combine it with the 21st century technology of
3D printing,” McLean says.

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Unreal Engine 4 demos

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:59:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://ubuntugamingproject.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/unreal-engine-4-linux-demos.html>

"In 2014, the Unreal Engine 4 has been released and it's available for
every developer for $19 a month.  Some demos have been released (on
Windows), and now they are also available on Linux!"

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Code Abuse

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:02:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Code-Abuse.aspx

"A client of Jim's with a WordPress site had been having performance
issues that were off the scale bad. Slower then a snail on Valium.
Slower than a herd of turtles rampaging through a molasses factory.

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Is the Anthropocene a world of hope or a world of hurt?

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:06:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://grist.org/climate-energy/is-the-anthropocene-a-world-of-hope-or-a-world-of-hurt/>

"For better or worse, we're running this planet now. What's wrong with
saying we might be able to pull that off? A conversation between Andrew
Revkin and Clive Hamilton."

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3 Animals That Are Smarter Than You Thought

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:07:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssphf4UcQdo

"Dolphins, crows, apes -- you know the drill about smart animals. But
there are lots of animals that are smarter than you think. Not everyone
thinks they're pretty, but scientists know they're smart."

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