Glass Wings Blog: August 2015

How Two Bored 1970s Housewives Helped Create The PC Industry

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:25:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.fastcompany.com/3047428/how-two-bored-1970s-housewives-helped-create-the-pc-industry>

"Vector Graphic went on to become one of the best known PC makers of the
late 1970s. Like Apple, it was one of the first computer companies to go
public, and like Apple, it set its products apart from the crowd with

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Django Girls one year later

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:26:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://lwn.net/Articles/651833/

"The two women who started the project, Ola Sitarska and Ola Sendecka,
spoke about how the workshop to teach women about Python and the Django
web framework all came together—and the amazing progress that has been

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AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:27:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.ap.org/Content/Press-Release/2015/AP-makes-one-million-minutes-of-history-available-on-YouTube>

"The Associated Press and British Movietone, one of the world's most
comprehensive newsreel archives, are together bringing more than 1
million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube."

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Are you satisfied with your sleep? If not, maybe you need an adorable Baymax bed

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:26:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/07/23/are-you-satisfied-with-your-sleep-if-not-maybe-you-need-an-adorable-baymax-bed/>

"The unique piece of furniture is being offered through Japanese online
retail site DeNA Shopping, which breathlessly and redundantly describes
the item as the “Baymax Stuffed Animal Sofa Sofa Bed BAYMAX Bed.” But

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Chemistry Ph.D. Student Turned Her Thesis Into a Comic Book

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:28:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://mentalfloss.com/article/63280/chemistry-phd-student-turned-her-thesis-comic-book>

"Berns wanted to share her work with friends and family, but she
struggled to find an accessible way to do so. Eventually, she decided
that the best way to explain these divergent crystals was to diverge

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If the Justice League Were Samurai…

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:29:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.tor.com/2015/07/24/if-the-justice-league-were-samurai/

"The awesome fan and talented artist Brittney Williams has gone to the
trouble of reimagining DC’s superheroes as though they stepped out of
frames from your favorite Samurai movie. We’re swooning, everyone is so

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Smoking Gun: MPAA Emails Reveal Plan To Run Anti-Google Smear Campaign Via Today Show And WSJ

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:29:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150724/15501631756/smoking-gun-mpaa-emails-reveal-plan-to-run-anti-google-smear-campaign-via-today-show-wsj.shtml>

"If you talk to the reporters who work for various big media companies,
they insist that they have true editorial independence from the business
side of their companies. They insist that the news coverage isn't

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Moon Day 2015 – Projections and Progress

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:30:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://wp.lunatics.tv/?p=2886

"Moon Day 2015 has come and gone — the 4th since the pre-production
Kickstarter that formally started this project.  We’ve come a long,
long, LONG way in that time — a lot of production obstacles have been

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Foxtail - classic point and click adventure game

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:32:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https:/www.indiegogo.com/projects/foxtail-classic-point-and-click-adventure-game#/story>

"Inspired by games of yesterday, Foxtail draws from such classics as
Legend of Kryandia, King’s Quest and Monkey Island. True to the point n’
click genre, Foxtail is a wonderfully animated pixel adventure, with a

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Moral panic is sown to make us scaredy-cats – that’s nothing new

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:59:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/moral-panic-is-sown-to-make-us-scaredy-cats-thats-nothing-new-44994>

"In our era of 24-hour news, such outrage and hyperbole seem to be par
for the course. There are apparently lots of “worst ever” events and
“existential” threats we need to worry about. The hyperbole especially

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Anti-Vaxxers Love Their Children Too

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:00:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/social-brain-social-mind/201502/anti-vaxxers-love-their-children-too>

"Changing someone’s beliefs, even when there is an unassailable right
and wrong, is among the hardest problems people ever face. It is much
harder than calculus or quantum physics.  But if we start from a

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The Servitude Bubble

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:24:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/bad-words/the-servitude-bubble-c9e998c437c6

"Tech isn’t really making a “sharing” economy. So what is it making?"

Another thoughtful rant on the so-called "sharing economy".  Via Muse.

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Why We Need a Civic Imagination

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:25:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://civichall.org/civicist/why-we-need-a-civic-imagination/

"The crisis in civics is a crisis in agency. The solution is more
efforts to revive and expand our civic imagination."

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Filmmakers fighting “Happy Birthday” copyright find their “smoking gun”

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:26:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/apple/2015/07/filmmakers-fighting-happy-birthday-copyright-find-their-smoking-gun/>

'A 1927 kids' songbook proves "conclusively the song is in the public
domain."'

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12 Questions on Game Design

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:13:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/kickstarter/12-questions-on-game-design-ff994420de9d

"We teamed up with Kill Screen to ask some of our favorite game
designers about their craft, their tools, the games they admire most,
the things that influence them, and the way they think."

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It’s Not Climate Change — It’s Everything Change — Matter

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:18:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/matter/it-s-not-climate-change-it-s-everything-change-8fd9aa671804>

"Oil! Our secret god, our secret sharer, our magic wand, fulfiller of
our every desire, our co-conspirator, the sine qua non in all we do!
Can’t live with it, can’t — right at this moment — live without it. But

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Cooking for Copyright campaign sees librarians make vintage recipes in bid to change laws

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:32:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-28/librarians-cook-up-copyright-campaign-to-try-and-change-laws/6653402>

"Librarians across Australia are cooking up a campaign to change the
country's copyright laws."

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Calvin Seibert Sculpts Impressive Modernist Sandcastles

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:53:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.archdaily.com/770717/calvin-seibert-sculpts-impressive-modernist-sandcastles>

"For New York-based Calvin Seibert, sandcastles are more than just a fun
summer hobby. Using a paint bucket, homemade plastic trowels, and up to
about 150 gallons of water he creates spectacular modernist sandcastles."

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Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:54:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://vimeo.com/134668506

"Made with Blender, Gimp, Octane and Natron."

Impressive 3D modelling and video editing.  A lovely tribute.

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IPFS is a new peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol.

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:55:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://ipfs.io/

"IPFS is a new hypermedia distribution protocol, addressed by content
and identities. IPFS enables the creation of completely distributed
applications. It aims to make the web faster, safer, and more open."

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Paul Mason: ‘Post-capitalism will set you free’

Sat, 08 Aug 2015 13:31:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/paul-mason-post-capitalism-will-set-you-free-1.2303406>

"Channel 4 News’s outspoken economics editor says capitalism is bust –
and the way forward is through co-operation and sharing"

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I'M NERDY! [Parody]

Sat, 08 Aug 2015 13:33:23 +1000

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

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

Awesome new nerd anthem by two of my favourite YouTubers.

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The Dwarven Lord of Kickstarter

Sat, 08 Aug 2015 13:34:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2015/07/31/the-dwarven-lord-of-kickstarte.html

"How sculptor and Dwarven Forge founder Stefan Pokorny raised $6.5
million—and gave you the dungeon of your dreams"

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An American expat explains the Adam Goodes controversy and Australia's problem with racism

Sun, 09 Aug 2015 13:11:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.businessinsider.com.au/an-american-expat-explains-the-adam-goodes-controversy-and-australias-problem-with-racism-2015-7>

"So here we have one of the greatest champions of this quintessentially
Australian sport, twice the recipient of its highest honour, and once
the recipient of one of the nation’s highest honours, being subjected

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“Name Ten”: The journalism of Andrew Bolt

Sun, 09 Aug 2015 13:14:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.themonthly.com.au/blog/robert-manne/2011/10/24/1319413522/name-ten-journalism-andrew-bolt>

"On 28 September 2011, Andrew Bolt was found to have committed an
offence under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act."

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‘Multipolarity’, A New Synchronized Robotic Dance Music Video by World Order

Sun, 09 Aug 2015 13:15:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/multipolarity-a-new-synchronized-robotic-dance-music-video-by-world-order/>

WORLD ORDER are as always the masters of choreography.  This new video
features lots of Chinese culture, including Chinese vampires!

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Live the Lie: how narrative is used in crowdfunding

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:09:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.wheelercentre.com/notes/live-the-lie-how-narrative-is-used-in-crowdfunding>

"The saturation of the internet with crowdfunding campaigns is forcing project
creators to resort to narrative tricks to lure in potential backers – and
we're falling for them. Oscar Schwartz scours the playbooks of digital

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Twitter Contest Winning as a Service

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:10:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.hscott.net/twitter-contest-winning-as-a-service/

"This is the story of how I wrote a Twitter bot to automatically enter
contests and ended up winning on average 4 contests per day, every day, for
about 9 months straight."

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Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:14:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://jezebel.com/homme-de-plume-what-i-learned-sending-my-novel-out-und-1720637627>

"The plan made me feel dishonest and creepy, so it took me a long time to send
my novel out under a man’s name. But each time I read a study about
unconscious bias, I got a little closer to trying it."

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America’s inequality crisis is about so much more than money: The ugly realities that elude our politicians

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:16:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.salon.com/2015/08/05/americas_inequality_crisis_is_bigger_than_money_the_ugly_realities_that_elude_our_politicians_partner/>

"The growing chasm between the rich and the poor is a crisis of our own making
-- and a threat to our very liberty"

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World's Glaciers Melting At Faster Rate Than Ever, Study Finds

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:20:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.techtimes.com/articles/74223/20150805/worlds-glaciers-melting-at-faster-rate-than-ever-study-finds.htm>

"Glaciers around the world are melting and retreating at a rate faster
than anything ever recorded before, researchers at the World Glacier
Monitoring Service at the University of Zurich in Switzerland say."

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Google And MIT Researchers Demo An Algorithm That Lets You Take Clear Photos Through Reflections

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:22:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/04/that-some-csi-style-magic-photo-zoom-magic-shit-right-there/>

"Whenever I try to take a photo through a plane or hotel window, chances
are there are plenty of reflections that show up on the final image and
ruin it. Now, however, Google and MIT researchers have found a way to

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The Enchanted Highway: The World's Largest Sculpture Project

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:11:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1477189188/the-enchanted-highway-the-worlds-largest-sculpture/description>

"The Enchanted Highway is a collection of the world's largest scrap metal
sculptures along a 32 mile stretch of North Dakota highway."

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Here Are the Winners of National Geographic's Traveler Photo Contest

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:25:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://io9.com/here-are-the-winners-of-national-geographics-traveler-p-1722230743>

"This year, over 18,000 photographs were submitted to National Geographic’s
annual Traveler Photo Contest. These ten are the very best."

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How We Won the World Robot Soccer Championship

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:35:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://gizmodo.com/how-we-won-the-world-robot-soccer-championship-1722419012

"My team from UNSW Australia defeated team B-Human from Germany 3-1 last week
to claim back-to-back Robocup SPL World Championships. Here’s how we did it."

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Monkey the Cat Hunts for Dinner

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:40:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://benjaminmillam.com/cat-geek/monkey-the-cat-hunts-for-dinner/

"So instead of feeding my cat, I hide these balls around the house…"

Very clever idea.  Via Joe "Thunderbolt" Smith.

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Puppetry Film Archive

Sat, 15 Aug 2015 15:09:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.puppetryfilms.com/puppetry-films-archive.html

"We are proud to host a fabulous range of archival puppetry films from the
twentieth century. These really rare films are a collection dug out from the
British archives and recently put up on You Tube and we are so privileged to

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Macaulay Library of animal sounds

Sat, 15 Aug 2015 15:19:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://macaulaylibrary.org/

"We invite you to explore the world's largest archive of wildlife sounds and
videos. Our mission: To collect, preserve, and facilitate the use of wildlife
recordings for science, education, conservation, and the arts."

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You are a blind cat just trying to find your way home

Sat, 15 Aug 2015 15:31:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2015/08/05/wanderment-game.html

"Wanderment is like every other platform game you've ever played, except that
you're a cat, and you're blind, and the world around you is comprised of
shimmering fragments of sound."

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No girl wins: three ways women unlearn their love of video games

Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:56:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2015/08/08/no-girl-wins-three-ways-women.html

"My little sister just wants games to be for her exactly what they are
for boys and men: easy to love. Why does that have to be so hard?"

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Anti-Piracy Group Hits Indie Creators For Using the Word ‘Pixels’

Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:57:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-group-hits-indie-creators-for-using-the-word-pixels-150808/>

"An anti-piracy firm working for Columbia Pictures has hit Vimeo with a
wave of bogus copyright takedowns just because people used the word
'Pixels' in their video titles. Several indie productions are affected,

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Endangered Bonobos Reveal Evolution of Human Kindness

Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:59:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140610-bonobos-great-apes-animals-science-evolution/>

"Experiments show the great apes share with strangers and empathize."

Via Muse, who wrote:  "These creatures are so lovely!"

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The Princess and the Pony, from Kate "Hark a Vagrant" Beaton

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:26:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2015/08/07/the-princess-and-the-pony-fro.html

"It was a safe bet that Kate "Hark! A Vagrant!" Beaton's first kids' picture
book would be amazing, but The Princess and the Pony is incredible."

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Robot Legs for Paul

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:30:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.mycause.com.au/page/108400/robot-legs-for-paul

"Paul has talked many times about “Robot legs” so I looked into many different
types of exoskeletons - a lot of these mobility devices however needed a
walking frame or sticks to stabilise them, but Paul’s CP also affects his left

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The mistake we all make... and the simple experiment that reveals it

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:14:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/aug/09/world-in-context-mindware-tools-for-sharp-thinking>

"A simple experiment questioning people’s response to a picture reveals a
common error that hampers our decision making. In an extract from his new
book, psychologist Richard Nisbett reveals the ‘mindware’ to help us think

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Sunday Sweets For Book Lovers Day

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:14:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2015/8/9/sunday-sweets-for-book-lovers-day.html

"It's Book Lovers Day, my friends, and I know JUST how to celebrate!"

Awesome book cakes!

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These Layered Wood & Paper Pendants Are Tiny Wearable Shadowboxes!

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:04:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.epbot.com/2015/08/these-layered-wood-paper-pendants-are.html

"I stumbled across this Etsy shop last night, and HAD to share. Lali Blue is
run by two artists in Spain: Gemma Jericó Arnal and Cristina Arnau Tena.
Together they design the most fantastic, beautifully whimsical necklaces"

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Fox Pups Playing with Dog's Ball

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:06:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmxf79w2NU0

"Fox pups playing with a tennis ball - May 2015"

Via Muse.

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The twisted history of the Happy Birthday song—and the copyright shenanigans that keep it profitable

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:57:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2015/08/07/the-twisted-history-of-the-hap.html

"Mildred and Patty Hill rank among the most interesting progressive thinkers
in the 19th century, and yet they are popularly remembered only for a
copyright debate. Why is a song they didn't precisely write still a corporate

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Retronator Pixel Art Academy

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:58:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/retronator/retronator-pixel-art-academy

"An adventure game that teaches you art, played directly in your browser. All
experience levels are welcome."

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Sandbox Land: Roaring Twenties

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:21:29 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
If you are in Melbourne, Sandbox Land this weekend is going to be glorious!

We have a juggler, a magician, dancers, singers, comedy sketch
performers, and a Japanese Rakugo performer! The comedy will be
family-friendly, meaning the acts are intelligent and safe to bring the

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Words have impact: language & Indigenous issues

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:16:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2015/08/11/words-have-impact-language-indigenous-issues/>

"What [do] Andrew Forrest, Adam Goodes, and South Park have in common?
Alexandra Marley explains how all three can teach us about language
choice surrounding Indigenous issues."

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Barack Obama, Stephen Harper, Tony Abbott, John Key: Fully adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:18:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Barack_Obama_Stephen_Harper_Tony_Abbott_John_Key_Fully_adopt_the_UN_Declaration_on_the_Rights_of_Indigenous_Peoples/?nNfVfab>

"In 2007 when the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was
voted on by the General Assembly 143 countries voted in favour, only
four countries did not: the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Brain scans show that dogs are as conscious as human children

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:19:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://io9.com/brain-scans-show-that-dogs-are-as-conscious-as-human-ch-1442003302>

"By specially training dogs to lie motionless in an fMRI scanner,
neuroscientists have finally taken a look inside the mind of our
favorite companion animal. And to no dog lover’s surprise, they exhibit

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A brief history of the European future

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:57:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2015-07-17-menasse-en.html

"The sooner Europe gets used to a future without the nation-state, the
better, writes Robert Menasse. Amnesia about what the unification
project originally meant is causing a catastrophic lack of imagination

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Researchers solve an age-old problem: How do you animate humans putting on trousers?

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:58:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.co.uk/gaming/2015/08/researchers-solve-an-age-old-problem-how-do-you-animate-humans-putting-on-trousers/>

"Researchers at Georgia Tech have come up with a method for more
naturally animating humans getting dressed."

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The 200-year-old painting that puts Europe's fear of migrants to shame

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2015/aug/11/the-200-year-old-painting-that-puts-europes-fear-of-migrants-to-shame>

"In 1819, people were outraged by the Raft of the Medusa’s depiction of
migrants abandoned at sea. Today, most people ignore those dying to
cross borders, the genocidal tragedy of our time. Racism is the only

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The Obscure Egyptian God Medjed and His Bizarre Afterlife on the Japanese Internet

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:20:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2015-07-31/the-obscure-egyptian-god-medjed-and-his-bizarre-afterlife-on-the-japanese-internet/.91149>

"Medjed remained buried in obscurity until 2012, when the British Museum
held an exhibit on ancient Egypt at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo."

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Researchers create soft, weavable LED fibers for truly flexible wearable displays

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:21:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.gizmag.com/led-fiber-wearable-display-kaist/38890/

"Now researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and
Technology (KAIST) have created a fiber-like LED that can be directly
knitted or woven to form part of the fabric itself."

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Unusual Friendship Between Wolf And Bear Documented By Finnish Photographer

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:22:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/bear-friend-wolf-lassi-rautiainen/

"“It’s very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this” says
Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen, 56, who took these surprising
photos."

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Mid Air Repair - Gladys Ingles

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:54:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9dGv_5GHMg

"Gladys Ingles was a member of a barnstorming troupe called the 13 Black
Cats in the 1920's.  Ingles was a wing walker."

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This Synchronized Swimming Team Pushes Conventional Boundaries When Led Zeppelin Begins To Play

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:55:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.wimp.com/synchronized-swimming/

"Led Zeppelin and synchronized swimming don't seemingly make a good
pair, but this Spanish team is proving how epic it can be. During the
2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, 10 synchronized swimmers

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Cultivate an alien garden on this sunless world

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:57:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2015/08/11/earthtongue-game.html

"In 'Earthtongue: The Hungry Fungus' you play as a researcher observing
a world with no sun. Thanks to strange rain of nutrients that fall from
the sky, however, an ecosystem is taking shape on the formerly barren

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Everything Is A Remix (Full Film)

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:59:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coGpmA4saEk

"Remixing is a folk art but the techniques are the same ones used at any
level of creation: copy, transform, and combine. You could even say that
everything is a remix."

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Hilariously terrifying talk about security

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:00:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2015/08/12/hilariously-terrifying-talk-ab.html

"Mickens's talk covers deflation and Bitcoin, the Internet of Things
security nightmare, the inanity of DRM, diversity theater, and the
problems of securing operating systems, at about a hundred miles per

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Jump back in time with this super high-quality video of Tokyo taken right after WWII

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:01:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/08/14/jump-back-in-time-with-this-super-high-quality-video-of-tokyo-taken-right-after-wwii-%E3%80%90video%E3%80%91/>

"And now, thanks to a Belgian DJ, we can catch of glimpse into the life
of ordinary Japanese people in the years right after WWII. The
background video to one of his songs is an absolutely beautifully

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Gripping photos capture the beauty and plight of the world's elephants

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:13:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://mashable.com/2015/08/12/world-elephant-day/

"These photos prove just why elephants are worth remembering, far beyond
a single holiday."

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World’s first off-grid Ecocapsule home to hit the market this year, shipping in 2016

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:14:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-off-grid-ecocapsule-home-to-hit-the-market-this-year-shipping-in-2016/>

"If your fantasy is to live totally off-the-grid anywhere around the
world, that dream just got one step closer to reality. Nice Architects
just unveiled the first photos of their incredible egg-shaped Ecocapsule

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Scientists get tool to mark online climate science media coverage and it's not a rusty teaspoon

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:16:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2015/aug/14/scientists-get-tool-to-mark-online-climate-science-media-coverage-and-its-not-a-rusty-teaspoon>

"What kind of impulses might rush through climate scientists’ minds as
they scroll through some of the gumph that gets written on climate change?"

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UN International Day of Peace

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:55:52 +1000

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

Katherine Phelps
Australia is a signatory to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, as such
we are legally obliged to abide by its tenets. This has been proven in
court in this country with judges ruling in favour of international law.

The UN Declaration of Human Rights is a stunning work of human wisdom.

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The #Elegram project

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:05:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/africa/elegram-project.xml

"20,000 handmade elephants = $150,000 to help #SaveElephants!"

Very cool!  Via Muse.

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Stories I Will Not Write

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:08:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://enki2.tumblr.com/stories

Lots of wacky story ideas from John Ohno!  John added:  "These are free for the
taking, btw."

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1150 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:09:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

"Get 1150 free online courses from the world’s leading universities — 
Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these
audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites)

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I Know Where Your Cat Lives

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:58:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://iknowwhereyourcatlives.com/

"I Know Where Your Cat Lives is a data experiment that visualizes a
sample of 1 million public pics of cats on a world map, locating them by
the latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in their metadata."

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William Shatner announced as host of the first official Star Trek cruise

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:00:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.ew.com/article/2015/08/15/star-trek-cruise-appoints-william-shatner-official-host>

"The officially sanctioned cruise will set sail on January 9, 2017, out
of Miami, and Shatner will be captaining the ship as the host. Those
embarking on this voyage into deep space waters will be treated to

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News Corp's CEO Bizarre Obsession With Made Up Lies About Google

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:01:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150814/11451431947/news-corps-ceo-bizarre-obsession-with-made-up-lies-about-google.shtml>

"Apparently, Thomson has continued to let these beliefs fester and has
once again gone off on Google and other companies much more successful
on the internet in a confused and rambling speech in Australia."

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Want to hack a car? Don’t try hacking a Tesla

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:18:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://bgr.com/2015/08/14/tesla-hacking-model-s/

"Stories surrounding car hacking seem to be all the rage these days. The
issue was first thrust into the spotlight a few weeks ago when famed
hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were able to take over Wired

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Mystery of Australia’s five-legged animals cracked

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:19:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28043-mystery-of-australias-five-legged-animals-cracked/>

"Ever wished you had a spare leg to help you get around? Some Australian
mammals had that thought and, well, went out and evolved one. And now we
know what drove them to do such a thing."

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Sunday Sweets For "Tell A Joke" Day

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:21:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2015/8/16/sunday-sweets-for-tell-a-joke-day.html>

"Hey, you guys wanna hear a good joke?  Well, sorry.

But here are some terrible ones, illustrated by AWESOME cakes, in honor

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How Snoopy Killed Peanuts

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:55:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://kotaku.com/how-snoopy-killed-peanuts-1724269473

"By the end of its run in 2000, Peanuts was an institution. It had
become an omnipresent part of American culture, and that’s not a
compliment."

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Welcome to Country

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:56:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://welcometocountry.mobi/

"The Welcome to Country iPhone app. delivers a simple Welcome to Country
video introduction to Australian indigenous culture, including basic
cultural protocols that are tribal boundary geo-specific."

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Gallery: Japan’s gaming centers provide joy for the kid inside

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:57:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/08/japans-gaming-centers-provide-joy-for-the-kid-inside/>

"While in Hiroshima, Japan for a week, I couldn’t let the time pass
without visiting a game center or two (what we call “arcades” in the
US). I visited Taito Station, a massive 6-floor game center on the

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Air New Zealand Parodies ‘Men in Black’ and Its Title Rap Track in a Musical Flight Safety Video

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:15:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/air-new-zealand-parodies-men-in-black-and-its-title-rap-track-in-a-musical-flight-safety-video/>

"Air New Zealand parodies Men in Black and its title rap track by Will
Smith in their new musical flight safety video. The video provides
valuable safety instructions and also features Rip Torn and Frank the

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Slow Poison

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:17:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.metafilter.com/152162/Slow-Poison

A great essay on the impact of racism and some good comments.

Via Jon Swabey.

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Piracy gave me a future

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:19:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2015/08/16/piracy-gave-me-a-future.html

"To live even in relative poverty deprives of you new ideas; it deprives
you of the tools and education you need to escape. In the most severe
cases, it locks you out of society—out of voting, out of socializing,

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