Glass Wings Blog: February 2015

Man Saves Wife’s Sight by 3D Printing Her Tumor

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:15:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://makezine.com/magazine/hands-on-health-care/

"When his wife was misdiagnosed, Michael Balzer used 3D printing and
imaging to get her well"

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The Weird Myth of the “Alpha” Male

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:16:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://slantist.com/alpha-male-myth/

"Alpha status, as it is being sold, is a charade in which one
participates in the hopes of achieving respect within one’s social
sphere, including, of course, that of its female members, which — at

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WATCH: Choreographed LED hula hooping

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 01:44:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2015/01/14/led-hula-hooping.html

"Viennese artists Annika Hakala and Lisa Looping of HoopioSis perform
mesmerizing choreography using LED hula hoops. Be sure to watch in HD."

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Encryption - The low-tech way.

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 01:46:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G8dPAdmyss

"Sending secret messages that GCHQ and the NSA cannot read using nothing
more complex than a pen and paper."

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Fight at the Museum: Confronting Visitor Biases

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 12:43:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2015/01/14/fight-at-the-museum-confronting-visitor-biases/>

"Museums are both providers of scientific information and a public
service. For a museum to attract visitors, they must enjoy their visit
and leave happy. Sometimes when exhibits contradict patrons’ strong

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10 Signs You're a Crazy Cat Person!

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 12:44:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_IZvO8F2Ac

"I'm a Crazy Cat Guy and proud of it! … Here are 10 signs that YOU could
be a crazy cat person too (I'm sure there are many more!)"

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50 Of The Most Majestic Libraries In The World

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 01:37:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.architecturendesign.net/50-of-the-most-majestic-libraries-in-the-world/>

"Though they are losing ground to the e-book and the audio book,
libraries were once central hubs of human intellectual progress. There’s
something about them that still attracts people, however – whether it’s

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New planetary dashboard shows 'Great Acceleration' in human activity since 1950

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 01:39:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://phys.org/news/2015-01-planetary-dashboard-great-human.html

'Human activity, predominantly the global economic system, is now the
prime driver of change in the Earth System (the sum of our planet's
interacting physical, chemical, biological and human processes),

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Art Indeed!

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 09:40:43 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
Some of the most interesting and emotionally affecting art is happening
on the sides of buildings. I much prefer this to dirty grey walls.

"Street art <http://designbump.com/100-creative-examples-of-street-art/>
is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork

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Guaranteed $20K income for all Canadians endorsed by academics

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:42:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/guaranteed-20k-income-for-all-canadians-endorsed-by-academics-1.2691847>

"A group of academics and activists is trying to drum up interest in an
ambitious plan to provide every Canadian with a guaranteed minimum level
of income — whether or not they have a job."

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A Green School in the Heart of Urban Paris

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:44:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/01/a-green-school-in-heart-of-urban-paris.html>

"A new primary school opened its doors in September 2014, in Boulogne
Billancourt, a commune in the western suburbs of Paris. Topped with a
large green roof, the building seeks to be much more than a school,

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10 Great Novels That Aren't About What You Heard They Were About

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:54:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://io9.com/10-great-novels-that-arent-about-what-you-heard-they-we-1679984927>

"Science fiction and fantasy novels become famous for all sorts of
reasons. Maybe they catch the zeitgeist, or maybe they have one idea
that everybody falls in love with. But sometimes, we all fixate on

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The supermarket cow dance

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:55:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiEk-E5F1C0

"A mascot dancing at supermarket."

I'm exhausted just watching this!  Normally I don't like to post

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New Groo

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:33:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2015/01/15/groo-friends-and-foes-1.html

Good news everyone, a new series of Groo is afoot!

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The Four Undramatic Plot Structures

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:35:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/four-undramatic-plot-structures>

Stories that won't hold your attention.  Via Muse.

Some further suggestions here:

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The NY Police vs. the Mayor

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:32:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://twitter.com/ali_gharib/status/556471805452378112

"Greenberg went to a cop bar after Off. Ramos's funeral. The scene was
really something."

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Ice Balls

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:34:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://the-tusk.com/2015/01/09/ice-balls/

"There are a couple of things to learn from the ice ball press. The
first is some physics equation about the relationship between heat and
pressure, which I have forgotten despite having to explain it to eager

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Sociology of Gender Bias in Science

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:32:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+AndrewPam/posts/jDaw3PHtLs8

"A new study by Dr Corinne Moss-Racusin and colleagues has analysed the
public’s comments in response to a prominent study on gender bias in
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The researchers

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Scooby-Doo Art by Sakimi Chan

Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:34:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://geektyrant.com/news/scooby-doo-art-by-sakimi-chan

"She's a really talented artist who takes characters from pop culture
and gives them her own special polish. We have three Scooby-Doo pieces
(via Geek X Girls)."

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(UK) Green party outlines plan for basic citizen’s income for all adults

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:26:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jan/18/green-party-citizens-income-natalie-bennett-benefit>

"Natalie Bennett, the Green leader, said the policy would ensure no one
lived in fear of losing their home or being unable to feed themselves.
She said some of the cost would be recovered by the payment being

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Professor Peter Gøtzsche to deliver a powerful critique of psychiatry

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 00:27:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2015/01/18/professor-peter-gotzsche-to-deliver-a-powerful-critique-of-psychiatry/>

"Whilst psychiatric drugs can be helpful, the dream of a quick fix by
targeted drugs has become a nightmare where we often do more harm than
good in the way we use drugs, e.g. against depression, schizophrenia and

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The brutal secrets behind ‘The Biggest Loser’

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:17:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://nypost.com/2015/01/18/contestant-reveals-the-brutal-secrets-of-the-biggest-loser/>

"Contestants are made to sign contracts giving away rights to their own
story lines and forbidding them to speak badly about the show."

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New Report Points to Sharing as Unifying Force for Global Change

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:18:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.shareable.net/blog/new-report-points-to-sharing-as-unifying-force-for-global-change>

"An independent, civil society organization campaigning for a fairer
sharing of wealth, power and resources, Share the World's Resources
(STWR) recently released Sharing As Our Common Cause, a report detailing

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WinSun China builds world's first 3D printed villa and tallest 3D printed apartment building

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 03:18:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Impressive developments in 3D printed buildings:

<http://www.3ders.org/articles/20150118-winsun-builds-world-first-3d-printed-villa-and-tallest-3d-printed-building-in-china.html>
<http://3dprint.com/38144/3d-printed-apartment-building/>
<http://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-3d-printed-house-under-construction-in-amsterdam/>

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Tree Change Dolls

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 03:20:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://treechangedolls.tumblr.com/

"These dolls have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip
shops around Tasmania. These lil fashion dolls have opted for a "tree
change", swapping high-maintenance glitz 'n' glamour for down-to-earth

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Galavant trailer "All About That Bass"

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 13:13:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HueI1ThldsA

Ooo, "Galavant" looks awesome.  What an amazing cast!  And a whole bunch
of the musical numbers are on YouTube - check them out.  This looks like
a must see!  Via Muse.

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The Toxoplasma Of Rage

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 13:15:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/12/17/the-toxoplasma-of-rage/

A rather long article, but it makes an important point about the
tendency for inflammatory content to win out over important but
uncontroversial content, which is why it's been widely cited.

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Wolves in the snow - Polarwölfe spielen im Schnee

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 02:38:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emKY2AbC3L8

"Tanja Askani with her artic wolves Nanuk and Noran in the snow."

Arctic wolf play time!  Via Захария Стургин.

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Moog brings back its famed 1973 modular synthesizers

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 02:39:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2015/01/21/moog-brings-back-its-famed-197.html

"Using all of the original documentation, as well as the original
circuit board and art files, Moog engineers have hand-built true
recreations of the original instruments based on their 1973 factory

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A Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock Mashup by Pomplamoose

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 15:32:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/a-stevie-wonder-and-herbie-hancock-mashup-by-pomplamoose/>

"In their latest video, musical duo Pomplamoose performs a mashup of
“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder and two Herbie Hancock songs:
“Watermelon Man” and “Chameleon.”"

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Zolushka the tiger rescued and released back into the wild

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 01:06:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150121173543.htm

"The Russian Far East is the setting for a Cinderella story. In this
case, Cinderella is a tiger. An orphaned, starved, frost-bitten cub was
rescued in the winter of 2012, rehabilitated, released, and now is

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6 Ways Police Have Used Sex To Infiltrate And Disrupt Protest Groups

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 01:07:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.mintpressnews.com/6-ways-police-used-sex-infiltrate-disrupt-protest-groups/201387/>

"The exploitation of human sexuality is a well-known pressure point in
the repression of social movements, one that American police have not
shied away from using."

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The Davos oligarchs are right to fear the world they’ve made

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:52:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/22/davos-oligarchs-fear-inequality-global-elite-resist>

"Escalating inequality is the work of a global elite that will resist
every challenge to its vested interests"

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If We're Going To Fix Copyright, We Need Much More Transparency

Mon, 09 Feb 2015 12:54:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150121/06562829768/if-were-going-to-fix-copyright-we-need-much-more-transparency.shtml>

"When we talk about transparency in copyright law, we're often talking
about the lack of such transparency, often via international trade
negotiations, like ACTA, TPP and TAFTA/TTIP, in which backroom dealing

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Techno-logic-art

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:16:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://techno-logic-art.com/clock.htm

"Techno-Logic-Art brings the artistic aspect of micro-electronics in a
larger three dimensional structure to life."

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25 Mind-Twisting Optical Illusion Paintings By Rob Gonsalves

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:18:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/magic-realism-paintings-rob-gonsalves/

"The beautiful and mind-bending illusions in Canadian artist Robert
Gonsalves’ paintings have a fun way of twisting your perception and
causing you to question what in his paintings, if anything, is real."

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On Designing Better Women in Games

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:00:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@Ruby_Magatama/on-designing-better-women-in-games-ebe785d8689>

"What I want to discuss is the distinct lack of awareness in character
design about body type, specifically for women characters in games."

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Fukuro No Mise Owl Cafe Review

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:02:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.travelcaffeine.com/fukuro-no-mise-owl-cafe-review/

"Fukuro No Mise is a popular Owl Cafe in Tokyo, Japan where you
literally dine and interact with a variety of owls. This review features
photos of the owl cafe, and answers the question whether it’s worth the

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A wizard fox riding a dinosaur.

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 01:37:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://eleathyra.tumblr.com/post/73838230867/a-while-back-i-asked-my-followers-on-tumblr-to>

"Because it was so special I decided to draw this, even though it didn’t
win - of course with some artistic freedom."

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Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 01:39:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/message/holy-shit-i-interviewed-the-president-fa3e8fb44d16>

"Bethany Mota, Glozell Green, and I got an opportunity that a lot of
people don’t think we deserved."

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Fan Prints of Humorous and Miscellaneous Subjects

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:24:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.kuniyoshiproject.com/Fan%20prints%20of%20humorous%20and%20miscellaneous%20subjects,%20part%20I.htm>

"This site is a catalogue raisonné of the art of Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川
国芳)."

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The Subterranean Theme Park 390ft Down in a Transylvanian Salt Mine

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:25:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://scribol.com/travel/the-underground-fun-park-lying-deep-within-a-romanian-former-salt-mine/1>

"Deep underground in Transylvania lies a series of long corridors and
reverberating hollows. This hidden complex has been here for centuries,
but until its 1992 opening to visitors it had barely been explored by

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Establishing Order Over Tall Orders

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 02:43:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://notalwaysworking.com/establishing-order-over-tall-orders/37563

"I’m in line at a coffee place. When it’s the turn of the guy in front
of me, he rattles off a ridiculously complex order, with all sorts of
alterations. At no point does he say ‘please,’ nor does he even bother

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Man Turns His House Into Indoor Cat Playland and Our Hearts Explode

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 02:48:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/32595431/list/a-humble-home-in-california-is-transformed-into-a-cat-adventure-land>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okOVxfuSYPk

"To keep his 15 rescue cats occupied, home builder Peter Cohen has
constructed elaborate catwalks, tunnels, platforms and perches

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YouTubers Got To Interview The President Because They're More Legitimate Than Traditional News

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:51:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150126/07225829820/youtubers-got-to-interview-president-because-theyre-more-legitimate-than-traditional-news.shtml>

'But to see the truly hysterical old media in action, you need to just
pay attention to the collective freakout over the White House's decision
to let three YouTube stars interview President Obama. It quickly became

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A Curved Wall of Glass That Flickers as the Wind Blows

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:52:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.wired.com/2015/01/curved-wall-glass-flickers-wind-blows/

"Simon Heijdens’ artistic career is built on a paradox. He uses
technology to bring us closer to nature."

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Computer chess created in 487 bytes, breaks 32-year-old record

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 01:25:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.geek.com/games/computer-chess-created-in-487-bytes-breaks-32-year-old-record-1614445/>

"It’s not much to look at as you’d expect, but it’s an impressive feat
of assembly coding nonetheless. It’s equally impressive that it’s a
multi-format game, capable of running on Windows, Linux, OS X, and BSD

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Government in £9 million payout after single letter blunder causes business to collapse

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 01:29:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11372343/Government-in-9-million-payout-after-single-letter-blunder-causes-business-to-collapse.html>

"A High Court judge has found Companies House liable for the demise of
Taylor & Sons Ltd, after they mistakenly recorded that it had been wound up"

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Snowden And Schneier Point Out Another Reason Not To Undermine Internet Security: Information Asymmetry

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:49:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150127/02330229827/snowden-schneier-point-out-another-reason-not-to-undermine-internet-security-information-asymmetry.shtml>

"Whenever you have a technique to attack their stuff, you are
necessarily leaving our stuff vulnerable. Conversely, whenever you fix
our stuff, you are fixing their stuff."

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Digital archaeology: How Double Fine, Disney, LucasArts and Sony resurrected Grim Fandango

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:50:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.polygon.com/2015/1/27/7921837/grim-fandango-remastered-interview-double-fine-disney-lucasfilm-sony>

"Grim Fandango survived for 15 years on a mess of ancient storage
devices that are about as easy to access today as eight-track tapes."

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The people versus the political class

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 00:24:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2014/june/1401544800/richard-cooke/people-versus-political-class>

"The distance between us and our rulers is getting bigger"

An Australian perspective on the disconnection of policitians from the

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Steeleye Span bring Terry Pratchett's Wintersmith to musical life

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 00:26:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/Steeleye-Span-bring-Terry-Pratchett-s-Wintersmith/story-25928501-detail/story.html>

"Inspired by Terry Pratchett’s comic fantasy novel Wintersmith, Steeleye
Span have produced their 22nd studio album which has hit the album charts."

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Geena Davis' Two Easy Steps to Make Hollywood Less Sexist

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:42:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/geena-davis-two-easy-steps-664573>

'The actress and founder of her namesake Institute on Gender in Media
cites data showing that there are three male characters for every
speaking female in family-rated films: "We are in effect enculturating

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The German government is throwing a Battlestar Galactica LARP on a battleship

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:44:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.blastr.com/2015-1-29/german-government-throwing-battlestar-galactica-larp-battleship>

"The current German government is cooler than ours. Thirty percent of
their energy comes from renewable sources, and the chancellor Angela
Merkel is a former research scientist. But now here's something that

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A virtual day with 750 pinball and arcade games, no quarters needed

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:24:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/01/a-virtual-day-with-750-pinball-and-arcade-games-no-quarters-needed/>

"BANNING, CA — The weekend of January 16, 2015 was host to the inaugural
Southern California Arcade Expo. Featuring over 750 pinball and arcade
games, the show was the largest in Southern California's history."

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How to survive a disaster

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:26:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150128-how-to-survive-a-disaster

"In a catastrophic event, most people fail to do the one thing that
would save their life, says Michael Bond."

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Horrible Histories: Guide to Internet Privacy

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:13:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAIuYRla1nQ

"Horrible Histories have some useful tips on how to keep safe on the
internet. Watch what happens when it all goes wrong for Guy Fawkes"

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Harry Potter Expo at Universal Orlando

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:14:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.epbot.com/2015/02/harry-potter-expo-at-universal-orlando.html

'I learned last-minute Friday night that Universal was hosting a Harry
Potter Expo over the weekend, so yesterday John and I managed to catch
the last few hours. There were really only two things to see: a studio

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On Moderation

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 02:36:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+AndreasSchou/posts/hZFiD3wvPDb

"An Ass-Backward Guide to Managing a Community Which Extends From
Revolutionary Socialists to Anarcho-Capitalists"

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The best adventure stories for kids from 1965

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 02:38:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2015/02/03/the-best-adventure-stories-for.html

"The 60s wasn't just hippies and Woodstock. It was also the Golden Age
of children's literature."

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The curious case of the disappearing Polish S

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:19:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/medium-eng/the-curious-case-of-disappearing-polish-s-fa398313d4df>

"This is a story of how four incidental ingredients spanning decades (if
not centuries) came together to cause the most curious of bugs, and how
we fixed it."

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Little Nemo archive

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:22:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/browse/results?title=2

"The Comic Strip Library is a digital library containing a collection of
public domain comic strips. Everything in the collection predates 1923
and is no longer under copyright in the United States."

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Scott McCloud on artistic frustration, optimism, and evolution in 7 comic books

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 02:58:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.avclub.com/article/scott-mccloud-artistic-frustration-optimism-and-ev-214317>

"With a deep knowledge of comics and graphic novels, McCloud spoke to
The A.V. Club about seven works that look at artistic frustration from
multiple angles."

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Data retention will hurt YOU, not criminals. Here’s how

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 02:59:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.crikey.com.au/2015/02/06/data-retention-will-hurt-you-not-criminals-heres-how/>

"The government’s data retention is far more likely to harm ordinary
Australians than catch criminals or terrorists. Bernard Keane and senior
IP and communications lawyer Leanne O’Donnell explain how."

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Elon Musk Names SpaceX Drone Ships in Honor of Sci-Fi Legend

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:25:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.space.com/28445-spacex-elon-musk-drone-ships-names.html

"The robotic ships that serve as landing platforms for SpaceX rockets
now have names that honor legendary sci-fi author Iain M. Banks."

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Fox Village In Japan Is Probably The Cutest Place On Earth

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:26:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/zao-fox-village-japan/

"Apparently, Japan is covered in magical and irresistibly cute animal
sanctuaries. We’ve heard about the bunny island and cat island, but
there’s also a fox village, where six different species of fox romp and

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Sandbox Land Launches!

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:00:54 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
I am opening a new variety show 7pm Saturday 28 February at Club
Voltaire and would love to see you come along! It's going to be
something like The Muppet Show meets Prairie Home Companion.

To kick off our program we are doing a show about what life was like in

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長崎バイオパーク カピバラたらいの湯 ( Capybara in woody washtub )

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:43:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTk688cXTsA

"Capybaras enjoy hot spa in woody washtub. But it is little too small"

...and now for some capybara!  Via Anne Trent and J. Langille.

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32- and 64-bit ARM Open Hardware Boards

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:44:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.96boards.org/

"96Boards is the first open hardware specification that provides a
platform for the delivery of compatible low-cost, small footprint 32-bit
and 64-bit Cortex-A boards from the range of ARM SoC vendors."

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The baby that divided a nation

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:45:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31168246

"As 2015 began, a boy was born in Hungary - the country's first baby of
the year. But his family who are Roma, or Gypsy as they prefer to be
known, found themselves at the centre of a national debate about racism."

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‘Outsider’ Glenn Greenwald discusses surveillance, journalism and partisan politics

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:41:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/outsider-glenn-greenwald-discusses-surveillance-journalism-and-partisan-politics/>

'In the 12 months between May 2013 and May 2014, the self-made blogger,
civil libertarian and investigative journalist was called "treasonous"
by Republican Representative Peter King of New York, given a prestigious

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Anti-vaxxers are not the enemy: Science, politics and the crisis of authority

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:48:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.salon.com/2015/02/07/anti_vaxxers_climate_deniers_and_the_crisis_of_authority/>

"One of the central characteristics of our age – which those of us with
fancy educations often call the postmodern era, although even that term
is starting to feel old – is a widespread crisis of authority. It isn’t

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We aren’t your scapegoats. End of story.

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:50:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/2015/02/we-arent-your-scapegoats-end-of-story.html>

"I don’t know what about being non-autistic is so compelling to
non-autistic people. I don’t know how many of them could even articulate
what it is if you asked them, but they seem attached to it, and as

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Crash Override: "Our mission is to return control to the victim"

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 03:07:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2015-02-10-crash-override-our-mission-is-to-return-control-to-the-victim>

"Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz are turning a negative into a positive,
with a new support service for the targets of online mob harassment"

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“Ebola is not a natural disaster. It is a disease fostered by poverty…”

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 03:13:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2015/02/10/ebola-is-not-a-natural-disaster-it-is-a-disease-fostered-by-poverty-greens-senator-richard-di-natale-on-his-trip-to-liberia-sierra-leone/>

"The headline death toll of Ebola “does not do justice to the profound
and far-reaching impact of this disease”, says Greens Senator Richard Di
Natale in his powerful report to Parliament on his recent trip to

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Baby-Faced ‘Harry Potter’ Cast Members Awkwardly Pose in Publicity Photos From 2000

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:40:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/baby-faced-harry-potter-cast-members-awkwardly-pose-in-publicity-photos-from-2000/>

"After being cast in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2000, the
trio of Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint posed for
publicity photos. Because they were so very young when the photos were

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Moms Launch Stereotype-Bashing Clothing Line That Challenges What It Means To Be 'Girly'

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:43:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/10/princess-awesome-kickstarter_n_6654034.html>

'Frustrated by the lack of diversity in girls' clothing options,
D.C.-area moms Rebecca Melsky and Eva St. Clair have taken matters into
their own hands. The duo launched Princess Awesome, a clothing line for

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The disappearance of a once-famous 1920s child novelist

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:09:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2015/02/09/the-disappearance-of-a-once-fa.html

"Barbara Newhall Follett was eight years old when she began writing her
novel, The House Without Windows."

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Ten Treasures from the Dead Media Museum

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:09:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@tomwhitwell/treasures-of-the-dead-media-museum-31ad10c0fbc0>

"From wired mobile phones to leaflet grenades, the history of media
technology is full of strange and wonderful stories."

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Who is legally responsible for abuse of asylum seeker children?

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:39:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.crikey.com.au/2015/02/12/who-is-legally-responsible-for-abuse-of-asylum-seeker-children/>

"It is crystal clear that Australia has breached its international
obligations by treating asylum seeker children so harshly. Madeline
Gleeson, research associate at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for

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US's 'Naughty List' Of Countries Whose Intellectual Property Rules We Don't Like Is A Joke That's No Longer Funny

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:40:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150209/17454529973/uss-naughty-list-countries-whose-intellectual-property-rules-we-dont-like-is-joke-thats-no-longer-funny.shtml>

'Mocking the ridiculous "Special 301 report" from the US Trade
Representative has become something of an annual sport around these
parts. As we've explained, the whole concept of the report is something

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YouTube Flags Cat Purring as Copyright Infringing Music

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:41:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://torrentfreak.com/youtube-flags-cat-purring-as-copyright-infringing-music-150211/>

"YouTube's automated takedown tool is known for its flaws, but this week
it crossed a line by attacking a purring cat. According to YouTube's
Content-ID system both EMI Publishing and PRS own the rights to a 12

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Madeon - Pay No Mind (ft. Passion Pit)

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:16:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC_Ya4cY8RQ

New Madeon.  Good stuff.  Via Phillip Tyson.

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Crazy Wingsuit Flight -- Man Lands on Water Without Parachute?

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:18:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2xmAWS4akE

"Being involved with the wingsuit world, even in our tiny capacity, was
an amazing experience and we have the utmost respect for the men and
women involved. Seeing up close (as up close as standing on a beach

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Press Release from Malcolm Fraser on the HRC Enquiry into children in detention

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:20:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://refugeeaction.org/20150212/press-release-from-malcom-fraser-on-the-hrc-enquiry-into-children-in-detention/>

"The government’s response is a disgrace. It is based on a lie. They
claim to have saved lives by stopping the boats and that the trauma
inflicted on children by detaining them, is a small price to pay. They

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Sriracha Boss On Trademark: Mmmmm, No Thanks

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:33:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150212/07144630001/sriracha-boss-trademark-mmmmm-no-thanks.shtml>

'The infringement others want him to combat is instead seen as free
advertising, propelling sales and spurring on growth coupled with a
good-humor attitude towards "rip-offs."'

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How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:34:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/magazine/how-one-stupid-tweet-ruined-justine-saccos-life.html>

"The furor over Sacco’s tweet had become not just an ideological crusade
against her perceived bigotry but also a form of idle entertainment."

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Lunatics! - Patreon Trailer 2015

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:35:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://vimeo.com/119559920

'"Lunatics!" is a free-culture, open source, animated science-fiction
series about the first permanent settlers on the Moon, set (beginning)
in the year 2040.'

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Hypothetical Tokyo Ghibli Land Created by Japanese Illustrator TAKUMI

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:23:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2015/02/04/hypothetical-tokyo-ghibli-land-created-by-japanese-illustrator-takumi/>

"Could you imagine a place more magical than Disney Land? The answer,
arguably, is yes. And a Japanese illustrator who goes simply by the name
TAKUMI has done exactly that. He’s created an illustrated version of

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The fascinating truth behind all those ‘great firewall of China’ headlines

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:24:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/14/truth-behind-great-firewall-of-china-headlines>

"“Criticisms of the government in social media (even vitriolic ones) are
not censored,” King et al reported, “whereas any attempt to physically
move people in ways not sanctioned by the government is censored.” And

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Hourglass Clock

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:26:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4k-1sDrqag

"I had this idea for a clock using an hourglass as a display of the
minutes many years ago and finally made time to build it. I had a bunch
of fun attempting to make it out of parts and materials that I already

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Five Years of Staring Into the Sun

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:01:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/02/13/sdo_fifth_anniversary_in_space.html>

"Wednesday was the fifth anniversary of SDO’s launch into space. For the
past 1,830 days it has observed our star, and seen a lot of stuff. A
lot. To celebrate, NASA released this sensational video with just a few

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Scanadu: The medical Tricorder from Star Trek is here

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:03:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/12/tech/mci-scanadu-tricorder/index.html

"It is a tiny, round and rigorously white device -- even though a black
version is in the plans -- and it works by placing it on one's forehead.
Through its sensor, and in a matter of seconds, the Scanadu measures

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Top 15 Best Linux Games For 2015

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:04:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://beebom.com/2015/02/best-linux-games

"This article showcases both the open source titles and the triple A
monsters by choosing a worthy representative of various gaming genres –
from arena shooters and kart racers to MOBA and management simulators."

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Japanese Twitter user spends three hours knitting an edible scarf out of gummy candy

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:38:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/02/10/japanese-twitter-user-spends-three-hours-knitting-an-edible-scarf-out-of-gummy-candy/>

"Using only a pair of chopsticks and 18.9 meters (62 feet) of gummy
string, one intrepid Twitter user from Japan managed to knit herself an
edible scarf."

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The War Over Control Of The Net Is A War Over Information Advantage

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:39:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://torrentfreak.com/the-war-over-control-of-the-net-is-a-war-over-information-advantage-150215/>

"Throughout history, you can observe that many groups have fought over
the information advantage - to know more about other people than those
others know in return. Whoever has held the information advantage has

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Death to the chicken finger

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:41:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://news.nationalpost.com/the-kids-menu/

"How we created an entire generation of unsophisticated, picky eaters —
and why we must stop the tasteless cycle"

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I Dated Christian Grey: How Women Are Groomed For Abuse

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:05:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.themarysue.com/i-dated-christian-grey/

"What I found alarming about Fifty Shades of Grey was the overlap
between my experience as an abuse victim and the specific way the
audience was being conditioned to accept Christian as a romantic lead."

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The Anti-Information Age

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:08:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/02/government-censorship-21st-century-internet/385528/>

"Today, governments are routing around the liberating effects of the
Internet."

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real feminists don’t gaze at males.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:09:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://amandapalmer.tumblr.com/post/29415876584/real-feminists-dont-gaze-at-males>

"i’m not even sure what the journalist MEANT by this statement. did he
mean “real feminists shouldn’t show open affection for their husbands?”"

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Sex redefined

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:19:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.nature.com/news/sex-redefined-1.16943

"The idea of two sexes is simplistic. Biologists now think there is a
wider spectrum than that."

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Rain Lamp with Actual Water

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:20:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/02/18/rain-lamp-with-actual-water/

"...the Rain lamp uses actual water to create a shimmering ripple
effect. The inherent shape of the globe becomes a magnifying lens
projecting the effect on the surface below. LED technology allows for

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Contemporary Home Computing

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:27:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://contemporary-home-computing.org/

Looking back at the history of home computing and the early web.

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