Glass Wings Blog: September 2015

How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars

Tue, 1 Sep 2015 13:00:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/08/how-and-why-spacex-will-colonize-mars.html

"I started working on this post ten weeks ago. When I started, I never
intended for it to become such an ordeal. But like the Tesla post, I
decided as I researched that this was A) a supremely important topic

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The End of the Internet Dream: the speech that won Black Hat (and Defcon)

Tue, 1 Sep 2015 13:02:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2015/08/18/the-end-of-the-internet-dream.html

'Granick tells the true story of "Internet Utopians" -- not people who
believed the Internet would deliver a better, freer world; rather,
people who believed that it could, if the rest of us fought for it.'

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Streaming Music is Ripping You Off

Tue, 1 Sep 2015 13:03:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/cuepoint/streaming-music-is-ripping-you-off-61dc501e7f94>

"If you subscribe to a subscription music service such as Spotify or
Apple Music you probably pay $10 a month. And if you are like most
people, you probably do so believing your money goes to the artists you

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School Districts Still Face Fights—and Confusion—on Integration

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:08:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/05/lack-of-order-the-erosion-of-a-once-great-force-for-integration/361563/>

"60 years after Brown v. Board, the federal government’s enforcement of
desegregation has all but disappeared."

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Twitter combines everything in man's inventory to help him escape pit

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:09:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2015/08/19/twitter-combines-everything-in.html

"Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North found himself stuck in a skateboarding pit
with his dog, Chompsky, an umbrella, a leash, a t-shirt, and a pocket computer.
To escape, he played Twitter like a text adventure."

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The Real Real Genius

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:14:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/08/real_genius_30th_anniversary_how_i_helped_inspire_the_lead_female_character.single.html>

"Thirty years ago, I helped inspire the lead female character in the classic
nerd movie. I finally understand why some critics disliked its portrayal of
women."

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Romanian City Gives Free Bus Rides To Passengers Who Read Books Inside

Thu, 3 Sep 2015 12:44:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.boredpanda.com/travel-by-book-in-cluj-napoca-readers-travel-for-free/>

"To encourage more people to read on public transportation, I proposed
to our mayor Emil Boc that the city not charge passengers who read
books. It took me more than a year to make this proposal a reality. Long

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The Focal Camera Is An Awesome Open-Source DIY Modular Camera System

Thu, 3 Sep 2015 12:46:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.diyphotography.net/the-focal-camera-is-an-awesome-open-source-diy-modular-camera-system/>

"The Focal Camera project is looking to make the art of building a DIY
camera accessible to masses, and their open source catalog of templates
and instructions is making it happen. The modular system works much like

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Dino Run DX

Thu, 3 Sep 2015 12:47:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.pixeljam.com/dinorun/

"It’s time for us to dust off those dino bones and update our classic
Single & Multiplayer prehistoric racing game DINO RUN!"

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Watch your language! 44 of them, actually.

Fri, 4 Sep 2015 12:42:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://googletranslate.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/watch-your-language-44-of-them-actually.html>

"Flip your wrist to show the translation to a friend. When they respond
in their own language, flip your wrist back, and you’ll see in your
language what they’ve just said. Google Translate will automatically

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He's Just Woven The World's Finest Panama Hat. But Who Will Buy It?

Fri, 4 Sep 2015 12:44:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/08/08/340682706/hes-just-woven-the-worlds-finest-panama-hat-but-who-will-buy-it>

"Simon Espinal has woven many fine hats over the years. Now 47 years
old, he's been weaving Panamas ever since he was a boy. He was taught by
his father, Senovio, who was regarded as one of the greatest hat weavers

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Wonder Woman Tells Superman ‘It’s Not Gay Marriage, It’s Just Marriage’

Fri, 4 Sep 2015 12:45:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/08/20/wonder-woman-tells-superman-its-not-gay-marriage-its-just-marriage/>

"From the upcoming digital-and-then-print Sensation Comics from DC
Comics, Wonder Woman officiates a marriage between two women of her
acquaintance. And offers perspective from Paradise Island, a country of

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How a dubious statistic convinced U.S. courts to approve of indefinite detention

Sat, 5 Sep 2015 12:29:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/08/20/how-a-dubious-statistic-convinced-u-s-courts-to-approve-of-indefinite-detention/>

"And despite the court’s assurances in Hendricks that indefinite
detainment is about treatment, not punishment, that doesn’t seem to be
how it has worked out in the real world."

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Jane Discusses the Horrors of Trophy Hunting

Sat, 5 Sep 2015 12:30:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.janegoodall.org/blogs/jane-discusses-horrors-trophy-hunting

"And the question we should ask ourselves is this: Just because he was
named, and loved and part of a scientific study, does that make him any
different, in the world of the lion, than the other lions killed by

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Polar bears frolic in flowers in Churchill, Man.

Sat, 5 Sep 2015 12:31:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/polar-bears-frolic-in-flowers-in-churchill-man-1.3197940>

"Canadian photographer Dennis Fast captured shots of the bears in fireweed"

Lovely photos.  Via Mud hooks and Muse.

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Finland considers basic income to reform welfare system

Sun, 6 Sep 2015 14:53:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33977636

"The Finnish government is considering a pilot project that would see
the state pay people a basic income regardless of whether they work."

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The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn't

Sun, 6 Sep 2015 14:55:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/23/magazine/the-creative-apocalypse-that-wasnt.html>

"In the digital economy, it was supposed to be impossible to make money
by making art. Instead, creative careers are thriving — but in
complicated and unexpected ways."

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The Late, Great Stephen Colbert

Sun, 6 Sep 2015 14:57:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.gq.com/story/stephen-colbert-gq-cover-story

"Since last winter, after laying to rest the blowhard host of The
Colbert Report and inheriting Letterman’s seat on The Late Show, the
most inventive comic of his generation has been consumed with one very

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Real Life First Person Shooter (Chatroulette version)

Mon, 7 Sep 2015 12:22:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p747PrxmZJ4

"We created a live action first-person zombie shooter in our garden -
then invited unsuspecting people on chatroulette, omegle and skype to
take control..."

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Star Wars Group, Weird Al Strike Back Against 8-Year-Old Fangirl’s Bullies

Mon, 7 Sep 2015 12:24:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.themarysue.com/star-wars-group-weird-al-strike-back-against-8-year-old-fangirls-bullies/>

"In a day and age when big organizations like Target have no problem
admitting that gender has nothing to do with interests, it’s horrifying
to think that a girl could still come home from school still ashamed to

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Tend a family of lifelike succulent plants on your desktop

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:16:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2015/08/20/tend-a-family-of-lifelike-succ.html

"I've been playing Viridi, a mysteriously-soothing game about taking care of
different varieties of succulent plants. You gently water them and they grow
slowly, whether you have the game running or not."

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Truth Hurts: The Science Behind Why People Don't Care About The Death Of Our Planet And Democracy

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:19:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://newmatilda.com/2015/08/19/truth-hurts-science-behind-why-people-dont-care-about-death-our-planet-and-democracy>

"Activists and environmentalists take note. In this special essay, Dr Lissa
Johnson explains how to make people give a damn."

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Stay As You Are

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 13:21:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu3cdObMtxM

Impressive music video and a clever ad!  Via Yuki Fox.

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Highway to hack: Why we’re just at the beginning of the auto-hacking era

Wed, 9 Sep 2015 12:31:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/08/highway-to-hack-why-were-just-at-the-beginning-of-the-auto-hacking-era/>

"A slew of recently revealed exploits shows gaps in carmakers' security
fit and finish."

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China loves the lingo of games

Wed, 9 Sep 2015 12:32:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2015/08/21/chinese-gaming-multi-entry.html

"In honor of games' growing influence on contemporary Chinese
vernacular, here are 5 translated phrases to Second Kill your English
vocab."

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#TrekClass: The Galaxy's Only Fun and Free Course on Star Trek

Wed, 9 Sep 2015 12:35:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.rotoloclass.com/#!trekclass/c2te

"In #TrekClass, you will explore the human experience through the lens
of the Final Frontier. Along the way, discover Star Trek's incredible
impact on popular culture, space exploration, scientific discovery and

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The animal art of Susan Herbert (1945-2014)

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.chrisbeetles.com/artists/herbert-susan-1945-2014.html

"Susan Herbert was one of the most distinctive of contemporary cat
artists, who produced consistently crafted watercolours that respond
with wit and affection to the imagery of Western culture."

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A Sprawl of Ghost Homes in Aging Tokyo Suburbs

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:01:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/24/world/a-sprawl-of-abandoned-homes-in-tokyo-suburbs.html>

"Despite a deeply rooted national aversion to waste, discarded homes are
spreading across Japan like a blight in a garden. Long-term vacancy
rates have climbed significantly higher than in the United States or

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A love letter to the Internet of old

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:06:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.cameronsworld.net/

"In an age where we interact primarily with branded and marketed web
content, Cameron’s World is a tribute to the lost days of unrefined
self-expression on the Internet. This project recalls the visual

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Santa Muerte, Full of Grace

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:24:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theintercept.com/2015/08/24/barrett-brown-santa-muerte-full-of-grace/>

"Getting put back in Disciplinary Segregation was actually in some ways
fortuitous, as I’m now able to make a long-overdue inspection tour of
this institution’s Special Housing Unit. (I’m very much the Eleanor

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Sweatshirt that gives your pet a special cuddle pouch is half cat, half kangaroo, all adorable

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:25:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/05/20/sweatshirt-that-gives-your-pet-a-special-cuddle-pouch-is-half-cat-half-kangaroo-all-adorable/>

"If you’re the doting owner of a dog or cat, odds are you think it feels
pretty great when your animal companion saunters over for a snuggle.
Still, there are times when you want to keep your hands free for other

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Toasted Cake 138: Un Opera nello Spazio (A Space Opera) by Oliver Buckram

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:26:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://toastedcake.com/2015/03/toasted-cake-138-un-opera-nello-spazio-a-space-opera-by-oliver-buckram.html>

"Toasted Cake 138! In which we aria.  The overture begins in D minor,
transitioning to a lighthearted D major allegro.  (First appeared in F&SF)"

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50 years ago today the word “hypertext” was introduced

Sat, 12 Sep 2015 13:01:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://gigaom.com/2015/08/24/hypertext-50/

"On August 24, 1965 Ted Nelson used the word “hypertext” (which he
coined) in a paper he presented at the Association for Computing
Machinery. I was able to interview him earlier this month about the

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Reviving the Hershey fonts

Sat, 12 Sep 2015 13:02:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://lwn.net/Articles/654819/

"At the 2015 edition of TypeCon in Denver, Adobe's Frank Grießhammer
presented his work reviving the famous Hershey fonts from the
Mid-Century era of computing. The original fonts were tailor-made for

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Radical Sandcastles

Sat, 12 Sep 2015 13:03:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/08/radical-sandcastles/402139/>

"These aren't your prototypical bucket-and-pail sand structures. Matt
Kaliner's creations deserve an architectural category all their own."

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Razer on Romance writers: These broads have no time for nonsense

Sat, 12 Sep 2015 13:04:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://dailyreview.com.au/razer-on-romance-writers-these-broads-have-no-time-for-nonsense/29068>

"If we will, we can plainly make the case that romance writing must be
stopped. But, this would prove as useful as an order to ladies to set
aside their scant attire."

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Internet Sensation Grumpy Cat Not Happy To Be Named First Madame Tussauds Cat

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 12:57:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150826006050/en/Internet-Sensation-Grumpy-Cat-Happy-Named-Madame>

"SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Madame Tussauds is delighted to
announce that irreverent Internet sensation Grumpy Cat will be the first
ever cat to be immortalized in the attraction’s history.

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No, I Am Not Crowdfunding This Baby (an open letter to a worried fan)

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 12:59:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@amandapalmer/no-i-am-not-crowdfunding-this-baby-an-open-letter-to-a-worried-fan-9ca75cb0f938>

"How I’m slightly terrified of the oncoming mix of motherhood and
art….and how judging and terrifying me further isn’t going to help me."

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Screenplays vs Game Scripts: 5 Differences

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 13:00:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://writeonsisters.com/writing-craft/screenplays-vs-game-scripts-5-differences/>

"Recently I was hired to write a video game script. I’ve never written
for games, but both the producer and I thought my screenwriting skills
would translate well since each medium uses dialogue as a key

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Data visualizations in text

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 13:00:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://lwn.net/Articles/655027/

"Data visualization is often thought of in terms of pixels; considerable
work goes into shaping large data sets into a form where spatial
relationships are made clear and where colors, shapes, intensity, and

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The scifi fans are alright: I saw the future at the Hugo Awards — and it will never belong to the toxic right-wing trolls

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:36:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.salon.com/2015/08/26/the_scifi_fans_are_alright_i_saw_the_future_at_the_hugo_awards_and_it_will_never_belong_to_the_toxic_right_wing_trolls/>

"Online hate campaigns like Sad Puppies aren't harmless—but when we
gather in person, their powers fizzle out"

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Italian neighbours build their own social network, online and off

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:37:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theage.com.au/world/italian-neighbours-build-their-own-social-network-online-and-off-20150826-gj7xr6>

"The idea, Italy's first "social street" has been such a success that it
has caught on beyond Bologna and the narrow confines of Via Fondazza.
There are 393 social streets in Europe, Brazil and New Zealand, inspired

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Between the Sea and the Problem of Humanity: The Mediterranean’s Refugees and the Humanitarian Reason of Rescue at Sea

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:39:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://humanityjournal.org/blog/between-the-sea-and-the-problem-of-humanity-the-mediterraneans-refugees-and-the-humanitarian-reason-of-rescue-at-sea/>

"Rescues at sea are dangerous and come with great possible cost to those
involved.  In this brief essay, I consider why, beyond a simple
explanation of the imperative to protect life, civilian sailors rescue

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Moozvine

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:06:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.moozvine.com/

"Moozvine is a platform for short stories and books. We start off with
sci-fi short stories from award-winning authors, but over time there
will be several genres and complete books on the website. We start off

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A Short Lesson in Perspective

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:08:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.lindsredding.com/2012/03/11/a-overdue-lesson-in-perspective/

"This hybridisation of the arts and business is nothing new of course –
it’s been going on for centuries – but they have always been
uncomfortable bed-fellows. But even artists have to eat, and the fuel of

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Ponying up radical inclusion at BronyCon

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:09:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/culture/happenings/216155-pony-up-radical-inclusion-at-brony-con>

"It’s been five years since My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic first
aired, and the Brony fandom is stronger than ever. This year’s BronyCon
in Baltimore gathered over 10,000 Bronies, the first MLP convention to

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An Important but Rarely Discussed Lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:09:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/an-important-but-rarely-discussed-lesson-of-the-stanford-prison-experiment/>

"There are so many humane people in this world. In fact, most people are
humane. Let's not let the minority who abuse power make us forget this fact. I
think the media as well as psychologists could do a lot more to highlight the

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The MOOC revolution that wasn’t

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:13:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/headline-story/14046/mooc-revolution-uber-for-education/>

"Just a few short years after promising higher education for anyone with an
Internet connection, MOOCs have scaled back their ambitions, content to become
job training for the tech sector and for students who already have college

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Anita Sarkeesian interview: 'The word "troll" feels too childish. This is abuse'

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:16:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/29/anita-sarkeesian-gamergate-interview-jessica-valenti>

“The promise of the early internet was that it would liberate us from our
bodies, and all the oppressions associated with prejudice. We’d communicate
soul to soul, and get to know each other as people, rather than judging each

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Neil Gaiman: 'my parents didn’t have any kind of rules about what I couldn’t read'

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 23:48:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/aug/29/neil-gaiman-banned-books-censorship-interview>

"Neil Gaiman is no stranger to having his books banned. Here the author
of Coraline and The Graveyard Book talks about controversial books in
libraries, censorship threats to graphic novels and why freedom of

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Two on the pernicious influence of copyright collection societies

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 23:51:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Kenyan Copyright Collection Society Shockingly Found To Be Paying
Artists Very Little
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150826/10142832069/kenyan-copyright-collection-society-shockingly-found-to-be-paying-artists-very-little.shtml>

"The very existence of copyright collection societies, those

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You Are Not Stupid

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 23:52:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://briankoberlein.com/2015/08/30/you-are-not-stupid/

"Smart didn’t allow me to become an astrophysicist. Hard work,
dedication and the support of family and friends did. It’s also one of
the most deeply divisive misconceptions about scientists that one can

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Open source typeface “Hack” brings design to source code

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:41:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/open-source-typeface-hack-brings-design-to-source-code/>

"Hack has been released as a free and open source project (available via
SourceFoundry and GitHub) that is free to modify, to use in commercial
situations, and to download for print, desktop, or Web."

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The Time to See -- and Save -- Africa's Elephants is Now

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:45:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/natural-habitat-adventures/the-time-to-see-and-save-_b_4302929.html>

"For safari travelers, few experiences are more moving than to be in the
presence of elephants. One of Africa's most iconic species, they are highly
intelligent and social. To watch a herd interact, especially with its

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This Reading Nook Wraps You In A Glorious Cocoon Of Books

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:48:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.fastcodesign.com/3050568/this-reading-nook-wraps-you-in-a-glorious-cocoon-of-books>

"The design and branding firm Anagrama is no stranger to inventiveness. In the
past it's done up a kids' shop like a giant bead maze, created ultra-slick
branding for breweries, confections boxes that looks as good as the treats they

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11 Situations You Take for Granted Every Day That Prove the World Is Cissexist

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 19:27:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/05/cissexism-in-the-world/

"So I’m going to do now what I wish I’d been able to do then: put into
better words some of the ways cis people are seriously privileged over
trans people. You’ll notice they’re oh-so-extreme and yet

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Pop-Culture Recreations of Classic Hellenistic Sculptures

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 19:30:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://nerdist.com/pop-culture-recreations-of-classic-hellenistic-sculptures/>

"Ceramic artist Brett Kern is best known for making inflatable dinosaurs
out of clay. That’s arguably enough of a “win” on its own, but his
latest project, a series of pop-culture characters spoofing classic

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Guide to the Lord of the Rings

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 19:32:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHoJSgq6mqc

Very, very silly!  Via Jordan Peacock and Darius Gabriel Constantine.

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Content Creator Of The Month: Realm Pictures Explores New Ways To Tell Stories Online

Sat, 19 Sep 2015 19:35:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/blog/casestudies/articles/20150901/15284132137/content-creator-month-realm-pictures-explores-new-ways-to-tell-stories-online.shtml>

'A few weeks ago, a couple of friends friends were tweeting about an
incredible new YouTube video in which some people created a "real life
first-person shooter" and hooked it up to Chatroulette, Skype and

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Three on China

Sun, 20 Sep 2015 12:20:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Alibaba Is the Canary in China's Coal Mine
<http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-09-01/alibaba-is-the-canary-in-china-s-coal-mine>

"Alibaba's shares slide with each new report of middle-class Chinese who are
dumping apartments to raise cash, delaying weddings, canceling vacations,

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Saving Australia's sea turtles, one at a time

Sun, 20 Sep 2015 12:22:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/earshot/saving-australias-sea-turtles-one-at-a-time/6739930>

"Sea turtles are extraordinary. They can live up to 100 years, and Australia
has six of the world's seven species. But the Top End's marine environments are
changing quickly due to development and climate change, and sea turtles are

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This Is How Fox News Brainwashes Its Viewers: Our In-Depth Investigation of the Propaganda Cycle

Sun, 20 Sep 2015 14:59:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.autostraddle.com/this-is-how-fox-news-brainwashes-its-viewers-our-in-depth-investigation-of-the-propaganda-cycle-297107/>

"Over the last ten years, everyone I know has lost a friend or family member or
mentor to Fox News. Like me, they have watched helplessly as people they love
have become part of the conservative punditry herd and, over time, traded their

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20 Times Tumblr Users Reported Back From the Real World

Sun, 20 Sep 2015 15:01:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.pleated-jeans.com/2015/09/01/20-times-tumblr-users-reported-back-from-the-real-world-2/>

Stories from other parts of the Internet.

Via Gabrielle Aydnwylde and Ms Kat.

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Seventy years after Hiroshima, who was Australian war correspondent Wilfred Burchett?

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:56:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/seventy-years-after-hiroshima-who-was-australian-war-correspondent-wilfred-burchett-45965>

"Seventy years ago, on September 5, 1945, Wilfred Burchett’s report on
the aftermath of the Hiroshima atomic bombing was published in London’s
Daily Express. Burchett was the first Western journalist to enter

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How Record Labels Conspired To Kill Off Public Domain Beatles Music In Canada

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:58:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150902/16490932150/how-record-labels-conspired-to-kill-off-public-domain-beatles-music-canada.shtml>

"Earlier this year, we discussed that, thanks to shorter copyright terms
in Canada, things like early Beatles recordings and James Bond had
entered the public domain up north. It was no secret that the recording

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Candy Cats Trying To Catch Goldfish Stuck In Jelly Created By Mother-Daughter Duo

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:59:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.boredpanda.com/candy-cats-catch-fish-jelly-dessert-caroline-laura/>

"Based in Tokyo, Caroline & Laura’s Tea Break was launched nine years
ago, and was inspired by the “Little House on the Prairie” books—so much
so that the family adopted the names of the book’s characters as their

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Numato Opsis: FPGA-based open video platform

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:53:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.crowdsupply.com/numato-lab/opsis

"The Numato Opsis is a powerful new FPGA-based open source video
platform for videographers and visual artists. The Opsis board was
designed to give the user complete control over high-speed video,

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PC Comedy and Paul Revere

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:54:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/matter/pc-comedy-and-paul-revere-dc2541356851

"A rape joke, a rape case, and a public repentance provide another way
to look at the debate that never ends.

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Daffy Duck (1992 Hi-Tec)

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:56:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.gamesthatwerent.com/gtw64/daffy-duck/

"Since GTW started life as a magazine article in Commodore Zone back in
1997 – one of the very first titles that became top of the search list
was Daffy Duck."

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Silverbacks and greenbacks: the catch-22 at the heart of gorilla conservation

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:47:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/silverbacks-and-greenbacks-the-catch-22-at-the-heart-of-gorilla-conservation-46668>

"The ultimate success of wildlife tourism depends on many factors, the
most important of which is the protection of enough suitable habitat.
And this is where the issue lies. All gorillas are endangered, and

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Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:48:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.upworthy.com/trying-to-follow-what-is-going-on-in-syria-and-why-this-comic-will-get-you-there-in-5-minutes>

"Wars are complex. They come out of nowhere and all of a sudden, people
you've never heard of are killing each other on the evening news. Here's
what you need to know about the war in Syria — and it's not oil or

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The Hardest Places in the World to Visit

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:49:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/09/countries-difficult-visas-travel/403267/>

"I traveled to every country on earth. In some cases, the adventure
started before I could get there."

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Things I learned in 10 episodes

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:33:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.davidrevoy.com/article265/things-i-learned-in-10-episodes

"As you can probably guess, after over a year of production, I tried
many things in order to improve quality and style. I learned many things
from my long 'trial and error' process. Now it's time to share what I've

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David Attenborough calls on ordinary people to help save Africa's elephants

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:34:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/28/david-attenborough-calls-on-ordinary-people-to-help-save-africas-elephants>

"David Attenborough has said Africa’s rhinos and elephants face
extinction from poaching, possibly within a decade, calling on people to
support the conservation charities who stand between those species and

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Rowan Atkinson rode around London on top of a car to celebrate Mr. Bean’s anniversary

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:36:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/262137/rowan-atkinson-rode-around-london-on-top-of-a-car-to-celebrate-mr-beans-anniversary/>

"Rowan Atkinson introduced us to Mr. Bean 25 years ago, and to
celebrate, on Friday he recreated a famous scene from the British sitcom
and rode around London on top of a 1976 British Leyland Mini 1000 on his

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Restoring and conserving nature in the Anthropocene means changing our idea of success

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:05:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/restoring-and-conserving-nature-in-the-anthropocene-means-changing-our-idea-of-success-42691>

"The Anthropocene acknowledges humans as part of the environment - if
not the most influential part. We are therefore the problem and the
solution."

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Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:06:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://mistress-of-science.tumblr.com/post/128516525387/veralynn23-bonsai-tree-houses-by-takanori-aiba>

Lovely.  Via Irreverent Monk.

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Compostable electronics could ease the e-waste problem

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:07:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.gizmag.com/compostable-electronics-e-waste-kit/39280/

"Some day soon your obsolete gadgets could be as compostable as banana
peels and spent coffee grounds. Researchers from the Young Investigator
Network at Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) in Germany are

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One woman's mission to photograph every Native American tribe in the US

Sat, 26 Sep 2015 22:10:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/sep/07/native-american-photographs-matika-wilbur-project-562>

"Three years ago, Matika Wilbur sold almost everything she owned, left
behind her apartment in Seattle, and set out on the open road. The
former high school teacher had one goal: to photograph members of each

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Sunday Sweets: Geek Chic Wedding Cakes

Sat, 26 Sep 2015 22:12:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2015/9/6/sunday-sweets-geek-chic-wedding-cakes.html>

Awesome geeky wedding cakes!

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Colorful Quilled Paper Designs by Sena Runa

Sat, 26 Sep 2015 22:14:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/09/colorful-quilled-paper-designs-by-sena-runa/>

"Istanbul-based artist Sena Runa first explored the craft of paper
quilling three years ago while looking for a hobby to fill her spare
time. Runa quickly discovered a talent for color and composition when

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This Guy Was Shocked When His Facebook Rant About Immigration Started Going Massively Viral

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:32:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/this-guy-wrote-the-perfect-anti-emigration-facebook-rant/>

“Emigration is completely out of control in this country, and I’m sick
of it. I’m not staying quiet any more.”

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Join the global call for sharing

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:34:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.sharing.org/global-call/english

"Sign the global call for sharing and add your voice to the growing
demand for a fairer sharing of wealth, power and resources within and
between countries."

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Flatpack: Fix the Future - Optimistic Apocalyptic Roleplaying

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:35:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://payhip.com/b/KyR8

"Have you heard anyone say that the future's not so bright, and thought,
"But I have lightbulbs?" If so, Flatpack is the game for you! Until
someone tells us otherwise, we're saying that Flatpack: Fix the Future

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Kaleidoscopic Floor Installations Made of Mirrors, Crystals and Glass by Suzan Drummen

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:36:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/08/suzan-drummen/

"In an act of patience and precision that boggles the mind, Dutch artist
Suzan Drummen creates sparkling floor installations using an array of
individually placed mirrors, crystals, chromed metal, optical glass and

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WordPress Adds Subaru to Takedown “Hall of Shame”

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:23:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://torrentfreak.com/wordpress-adds-subaru-to-takedown-hall-of-shame-150908/>

"WordPress.com is taking a strong stance against rightsholders who abuse
its takedown process. The company maintains a "hall of shame" which
recently expanded with the addition of Subaru. The car manufacturer

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Jamaican Government Steals Years Of Public Domain Works From Its People

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:24:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150904/09314932166/jamaican-government-steals-public-domain-works-people.shtml>

"Just under four years ago, Techdirt reported that Jamaica was planning
something extremely foolish: a retroactive extension to its copyright
term. As that article noted, when the European Union did something

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Sustainable development goals: all you need to know

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:26:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jan/19/sustainable-development-goals-united-nations>

"The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of
goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to
use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years."

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Getty Images Tries To Copyright Troll 2600 Magazine Over Content It Has No Copyright Over

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:24:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150908/18123432199/getty-images-tries-to-copyright-troll-2600-magazine-over-content-it-has-no-copyright-over.shtml>

"So, we were just discussing Getty Images' latest foray into ridiculous
copyright trolling (something the company has a long history with), by
demanding money for a meme image used on a blog. Today, we have another

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Study on Pacific sperm whales suggests culture isn't just for humans

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:28:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://phys.org/news/2015-09-pacific-sperm-whales-culture-isnt.html

"A Dalhousie University PhD candidate in biology is fuelling the debate
that culture—generally viewed as distinctly human—is also found in the
animal kingdom."

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ROWAN & MARTIN's LAUGH IN (2nd season) - Davy Jones, Robert Wagner, Greer Garson

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:30:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhibPWbj0Io

Before my time, but a fascinating window into the past - and a great
cast!  Via Lauren Weinstein, who wrote:

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#TeamMopra - Save the Mopra Telescope & Map the Milky Way

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 23:38:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/astrocate/teammopra-save-a-telescope-and-map-the-milky-way>

"Come and join us on a voyage of interstellar exploration as we chart
the least known part of the Milky Way – its Delta Quadrant."

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How my negative review of Legend was spun into movie marketing gold

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 23:39:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2015/sep/09/legend-review-movie-marketing-false-advertising>

"My two-star take on Tom Hardy’s Krays biopic was included in an
official poster for the film. While I applaud the chutzpah in this case,
audiences do need to be wary of false advertising"

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wally and molly

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 23:40:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://instagram.com/wally_and_molly/

"Wally and I live in Massachusetts. He was born in July 2014, which
means we are both cancers :). He's a beautiful little creature and a
wonderful pet."

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