Glass Wings Blog: July 2016

Why the Maker Movement Matters

Fri, 1 Jul 2016 13:16:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Part 1, the Tools Revolution
<http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/06/why-the-maker-movement-matters-part-1-the-tools-revolution/485720/>

"Just like the internet before it, the Maker Movement is revolutionizing
manufacturing, with implications for startups and jobs."

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How nature turned a failed communist plan into Bucharest's unique urban park

Fri, 1 Jul 2016 13:17:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/jun/14/nature-europe-urban-protected-area-vacaresti-nature-park-romania>

"The wild wetland of Văcărești is a symbol of nature’s resilience.
Without human interference, wildlife has reconquered this abandoned lake
and transformed it into a green oasis in the middle of one of Europe’s

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Pedal-Powered Roller Coaster Will Send Your Heart Racing

Fri, 1 Jul 2016 13:18:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://interestingengineering.com/pedal-powered-roller-coaster-will-send-heart-racing/>

"If you are a thrill seeker, then you are going to love this
pedal-powered roller coaster that sits above a dense forest in Okayama
City, Japan."

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The World Famous Random Kitten Generator

Fri, 1 Jul 2016 13:20:08 +1000

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

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

Get your kittens here!

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The Dalai Lama: Why I’m hopeful about the world’s future

Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:24:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-dalai-lama-why-im-hopeful-about-the-worlds-future/2016/06/13/e380973a-30a2-11e6-8ff7-7b6c1998b7a0_story.html>

"There are many reasons for us to be hopeful. Recognition of universal
human rights, including the right to self-determination, has expanded
beyond anything imagined a century ago. There is growing international

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Computing gives us tools to preserve disappearing languages

Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:26:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/history-culture/2016/06/computing-to-preserve-disappearing-languages>

"A clever process similar to Google's image search is helping to
preserve some of the world's 7000 languages that are at risk of
disappearing."

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Popular entertainment is violent, so why aren’t we allowed to talk about it?

Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:27:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://dailyreview.com.au/popular-entertainment-violent-not-allowed-talk/44203/>

"In the games industry not only is it unacceptable to criticise
violence, but it’s unacceptable not to celebrate it."

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I Made 13 Animals Out Of 13 Perfect Circles

Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:28:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/i-made-13-animals-out-of-13-circles/

"I was inspired by the simplicity of the twitter logo, which was
actually created out of 13 circles. I decided to challenge myself and
see what other animals I could create as well."

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Monitoring (Lack Of) Progress, Part 2

Sun, 3 Jul 2016 19:51:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://notalwaysright.com/monitoring-lack-progress-part-2/54953

"I am one of the customers in this story. I’m waiting behind an elderly
gentleman at the customer service counter, to pick up something I
ordered online. As I’m watching him, he has a monitor but nothing else

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On the trail of a missing elephant with latest surveillance tech

Sun, 3 Jul 2016 20:06:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newscientist.com/article/2093652-on-the-trail-of-a-missing-elephant-with-latest-surveillance-tech/>

"Africa's national reserves are using high-tech military monitoring
systems to help protect their wildlife from poachers"

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Taxpayers Could Pay Billions To Clean Up Old Mines, Report Says

Sun, 3 Jul 2016 21:12:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://newmatilda.com/2016/06/14/taxpayers-could-pay-billions-to-clean-up-old-mines-report-says/>

"The Australian Conservation Foundation is backing calls for an inquiry
into mine closures and rehabilitation in the wake of a report warning of
serious gaps between the funds held by governments and the true cost of

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Why Some Coral Reefs Are Thriving

Sun, 3 Jul 2016 21:12:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/06/the-surprising-bright-spots-among-the-worlds-coral-reefs/487118/>

"Not all of the world’s reefs are in bad shape—and a few of the
healthiest are managed by humans."

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Confessions of a former covert CIA agent - Amaryllis Fox

Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:16:48 +1000

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

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

"This former CIA officer's secret life taught her one lesson: Listen to your
enemy."

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Something Super Cool Just Turned Up in Your Digital Toolbox

Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:18:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/something-super-cool-just-turned-your-digital-toolbox-180959426/>

"The Smithsonian unveils a game-changing online tool designed to empower anyone
to discover and use digital museum resources"

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Race to save hidden treasures under threat from climate change

Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:19:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newscientist.com/article/2093905-race-to-save-hidden-treasures-under-threat-from-climate-change/>

"Thousands of ancient treasures that have been unearthed by climate change
could soon be lost to humankind forever, as they are eroded by weathering and
eaten by pests. The crisis is so extreme that some archaeologists are urging

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Appeals Court Gives Big Loss To Record Labels In Their Quixotic Lawsuit Against Vimeo For Lipdubs

Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:20:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160616/10483534726/appeals-court-gives-big-loss-to-record-labels-their-quixotic-lawsuit-against-vimeo-lipdubs.shtml>

"The record labels basically will find no innovation that's not worth suing,
and so back in 2013 they sued the online video hosting/streaming site Vimeo, in
part because the site had created a popular genre of videos known as "lipdubs"

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Dolphins Are Helping Us Hunt for Aliens

Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:24:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://nautil.us/blog/dolphins-are-helping-us-hunt-for-aliens

"When 12 men gathered at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia to discuss
the art and science of alien hunting in 1961, the Order of the Dolphin was
born. A number of the brightest minds from a range of scientific disciplines,

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15+ Reasons Why You Should Visit Japan

Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:25:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/amazing-places-japan/

"If you've ever visited Japan then you'll know how amazing it is. And if you've
never been before then what are you waiting for?!"

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America has an addiction to punishment.

Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:26:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://katherinephelps.com/2016/06/america-has-an-addiction-to-punishment/

"Whether in our schools or the justice system, our instinct has often been to
punish first, ask questions later."

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Finding Dory Isn't So Great for Our Fish Friends

Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:27:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.neatorama.com/pet/2016/06/17/Finding-Dory-Isnt-So-Great-for-Our-Fish-Friends>

"The internet is abuzz with the release of Finding Dory today, and while many
humans couldn't be happier about the film, wild blue tangs should be shivering
in fear."

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[Free Pattern] Adorable Fierce Little Dragon

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:41:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.dailycrochet.com/free-pattern-adorable-fierce-little-dragon/

"Dragons are magic creatures and even if this dragon is a crochetted one, still
has the power of taking you into a dreamy, magic world in your mind."

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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Allow Researchers To Check E-Voting Software

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:42:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160615/09421034718/australian-electoral-commission-refuses-to-allow-researchers-to-check-e-voting-software.shtml>

"Placing trade secrets above the public interest is a curious choice, to say
the least."

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Nicolas Dominique - Expedition (Full Album)

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:43:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W7u4lUI74k

"Are you ready for an AMBIENT CHILLOUT MUSIC EXPERIENCE?"

A great new electronica album by the talented Nicolas Dominique.

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It’s Not Just POP Vinyls – Actual DARK CRYSTAL Action Figures Are on the Way!

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:44:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://nerdist.com/its-not-just-pop-vinyls-actual-dark-crystal-action-figures-are-on-the-way/>

"There are few movies more suited to toys than Jim Henson and Brian Froud’s
puppet fantasy, and yet so few toys that have actually been made, until now."

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Among the Bone Eaters

Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:30:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/among-the-bone-eaters/>

"It’s the bonds of friendship that will make one hyena rush in to save another
from an attacking lion. So, if you can figure out how to make hyenas befriend
you, you’ve got some heavy-duty pals who will watch your back."

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Who Owns Star Trek?

Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:31:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.buzzfeed.com/adambvary/star-trek-fandom

"As science fiction’s most venerable franchise marks its 50th anniversary with
a new movie and its first new TV series in over a decade, the chance to unify
and mobilize its famously devoted — and demanding — fanbase may be the true

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The worst I've seen – trauma expert lifts lid on 'atrocity' of Australia's detention regime

Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:33:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jun/20/the-worst-ive-seen-trauma-expert-lifts-lid-on-atrocity-of-australias-detention-regime>

"In his 43-year career, Paul Stevenson has worked in the aftermath of the Bali
bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami but says nothing he witnessed was as bad as
the treatment of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus"

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Watch These Drones Flawlessly Perform With a Talented Dance Troupe

Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:35:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://sploid.gizmodo.com/watch-these-drones-flawlessly-perform-with-a-talented-d-1782277235>

"Drones are already a fantastic tool for capturing footage. But when the
cameras are turned on the flying drones themselves, they prove to be equally
spectacular performers as part of this Japanese multimedia dance troupe called

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Rimono: A tiny two-seater car that is really easy to drive

Fri, 8 Jul 2016 12:26:38 +1000

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

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

"Rimono Corp. is a small business venture headed by a former bureaucrat and a
car designer that recently debuted its new concept car, called Rimono."

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The typography of Blade Runner

Fri, 8 Jul 2016 12:28:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://typesetinthefuture.com/2016/06/19/bladerunner/

"After studying Alien in intimate detail, it’s time to look at the typography
and design of Ridley Scott’s other classic sci-fi movie, Blade Runner. Based on
Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Blade Runner

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’80s kids rejoice: There’s a new prequel series to “The Dark Crystal”

Fri, 8 Jul 2016 12:29:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.yahoo.com/style/80s-kids-rejoice-prequel-series-143610234.html

"Some really good news for fans of the Jim Henson classic film: It’s making its
way back into our lives in the form of a new prequel book series. We finally
get to relive the beautiful creepiness of The Dark Crystal, but this time from

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Manta rays are local commuters, not long-distance travelers, study finds

Fri, 8 Jul 2016 12:30:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160620161054.htm

"Oceanic manta rays -- often thought to take epic migrations -- might actually
be homebodies, according to a new study. A research team studied
satellite-tracked manta rays to shed light on the lives of these mysterious

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The rest of the world can learn from Namibia, says Joseph Stiglitz

Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:16:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/06/the-rest-of-the-world-can-learn-from-namibia-says-joseph-stiglitz>

"Sandwiched between Angola and South Africa, Namibia suffered mightily
during the long struggle against apartheid. Yet, since winning
independence from South Africa in 1990, this country of 2.4 million

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Commencement Speaker Needed

Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:17:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drvcLC3DuHo

"In our latest video, we gave random New Yorkers the opportunity to give
an inspiring commencement address. We set up a commencement ceremony in
Bryant Park with graduates, faculty, and a lectern. The only thing

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Awesome Self Hosted

Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:18:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://selfhosted.libhunt.com/

"A directory of free software solutions and web applications which can
be hosted locally"

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Made Your Day Magical

Sat, 9 Jul 2016 14:19:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://notalwayshopeless.com/made-day-magical/43225

"I am at a famous theme park in Australia, on holiday with my dad and
stepmum. We split up shortly after arrival, and I make my way towards a
Harry Potter shop. It’s small and rather full, but as a huge HP fan, I

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The Adventure Sci-FI Bundle

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:26:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://storybundle.com/scifi

"With StoryBundle, you name your own price for this grab bag of
Adventure SF books. For as little as $8 you get the basic bundle of
seven titles, and for as little as $16 you get them all."

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IKEA of energy delivers clean, green solar power-plant in a box

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:27:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newscientist.com/article/2094954-ikea-of-energy-delivers-clean-green-solar-power-plant-in-a-box>

"Here’s a bright idea for flat-packing. A German start-up has figured
out how to cram an entire solar power plant into a shipping container.
It has sent its first kits to off-grid villages in Africa, where they

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Confessions of an Ex-Prosecutor

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:28:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://reason.com/archives/2016/06/23/confessions-of-an-ex-prosecutor

"Three types of culture—the culture of the prosecutor's office, American
popular culture, and the culture created by the modern legal norms of
criminal justice—shaped how I saw the rights of the people I prosecuted."

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Clue Murder Mystery Scandal

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:28:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Speaking of confessions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ifoWPMyTHQ

"This Clue murder mystery scandal is solved when the inspector pulls out
an unexpected confession."

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Giant clock made out of tiny clocks

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:26:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExkVIQ60ClM
https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/69155335/

"This giant clock exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt museum displays the time using
the arms from hundreds of tiny analog clocks"

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New evidence that sperm whales form clans with diverse cultures and languages

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:29:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2016/06/sperm-whale-clans-culture-language/>

'Sperm whales share something fundamental with humans. Both of our species form
groups with unique languages and traditions known as "cultures."'

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Lord Vetinari takes control of the UK

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:30:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://eveningharold.com/2016/06/29/lord-vetinari-takes-control-of-the-uk/>

"The UK is under new leadership this morning following a coup by the Patrician
of Ankh-Morpork, Lord Havelock Vetinari."

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The Earth’s biodiversity could be much greater than we thought

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:31:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-earths-biodiversity-could-be-much-greater-than-we-thought-61665>

"After centuries of study, you’d think we’d have at least a rough idea of how
many different species of life exist on Earth. This is becoming even more
pressing as biodiversity disappears at an increasing pace due to human impacts.

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“What works for men doesn’t work for everyone”: why cities need to start planning with women in mind

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:14:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.citymetric.com/politics/what-works-men-doesn-t-work-everyone-why-cities-need-start-planning-women-mind-2123>

"What all this means is that what works for men, as imagined by city hall,
doesn’t necessarily work for everyone else. By treating us in a way that suits
this male ideal, the rest of us are disadvantaged – often in surprising ways."

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Startup Generator

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:16:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://tiffzhang.com/startup/

Amusing parody!  Via Erik Nelson and Ted Nelson.

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Sleeping with a Gentrifier

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:17:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://thebolditalic.com/sleeping-with-a-gentrifier-cba85a9ce7a3

"A few weeks ago, I moved to the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco —  the
bright-orange yolk at the center of our gentrification-eviction debate — for
the second time. This time, instead of being a single artist in a collective

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Studio Ghibli Inspired Watercolor Paintings By Louise Terrier (14 Pics)

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:17:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.boredpanda.com/hayao-miyazaki-studio-ghibli-paintings-fan-art-louise-terrier/>

"Fans of Japanese animation will instantly recognize the inspiration found in
these beautiful paintings by Louise Terrier."

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Transformer Mobile Homes

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:28:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfEZ4n-9cq8

Transformer homes!  Check out the company's urban planning designs as well at
http://dahirinsaat.com/en/

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Akinori Goto at Spiral Independent Creators Festival 2016

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:29:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uun1liGAN6Q

"Congratulations to Akinori Goto, whose zoetrope-like wheel of light and wire
won both the Runner-up Grand Prix and the Audience Award at this year's Spiral
Independent Creators Festival."

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Belarusians strip naked after accidental order from their president

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:31:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/29/belarusians-strip-naked-after-accidental-order-from-their-presid/>

'Belarusians have been stripping down naked at their offices and posting images
to social media after a slip of tongue by autocratic leader Alexander
Lukashenko left him suggesting people should "get undressed and work".'

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Brexit: a disaster decades in the making

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:33:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/30/brexit-disaster-decades-in-the-making>

"The standard of our political discourse has fallen more precipitously than the
pound and cannot be revived as easily. This did not happen overnight, and the
sorry conduct of the referendum campaign was only the latest indication of the

(More...)

The Olympics are profitable for every host city (that lies about the numbers)

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:29:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2016/06/28/the-olympics-are-profitable-fo.html

"Going for the Gold: The Economics of the Olympics, a paper in the Journal of
Economic Perspectives analyzes the economics of hosting the Olympics, indicting
the numbers game played by bid committees and the IOC."

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Why bad ideas refuse to die

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:31:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jun/28/why-bad-ideas-refuse-die

"Many ideas have been brilliantly upgraded or repurposed for the modern age,
and their revival seems newly compelling. Some ideas from the past, on the
other hand, are just dead wrong and really should have been left to rot. When

(More...)

Crazy Illusion Somehow Transforms Rectangles Into Circles in the Mirror

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:32:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://sploid.gizmodo.com/crazy-illusion-somehow-transforms-rectangles-into-circl-1782925250>

"What in the sorcerous hells is this? Kokichi Sugihara’s ‘Rectangles and
Circles’ illusion is a mind-bending visual trip that turns squares into circles
and circles into squares right in front of your face."

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That thing about how cats think humans are big kittens

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:33:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://prokopetz.tumblr.com/post/146711644642/that-thing-about-how-cats-think-humans-are-big>

"It’s often remarked that dogs understand that humans are different, while cats
just think humans are big, clumsy cats, and that’s totally true - but they
regard us as adult colonymates, not as kittens, and all of their social

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A Sneak Peek at the First Cyborg Olympics

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:30:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2016/06/22/a-sneak-peek-at-the-first-cyborg-olympics/>

"Teams will compete in six different categories that will push their
assistive devices to the limit on courses developed carefully over three
years by physicians, developers and the people who use the technology.

(More...)

Kids Explain Art to Experts: Alexa (5) vs Frida Kahlo | Name That Art

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:33:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5jn4yamjec

"Kids describe artworks to the experts"

A challenging and entertaining quiz game!  Via Muse.

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Barking mad mechanic made Wallace and Gromit style breakfast machine

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:33:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRkJn5N77jM

"The 'Sunday Morning Breakfast Machine' serves up perfectly runny
soft-boiled eggs and toast, tea and coffee and even hands over the
morning newspaper - all at the push of a button. Creative Peter Browne,

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Kitten escapes pet store enclosure to play with puppy

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:36:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://ca.news.yahoo.com/kitten-escapes-pet-store-enclosure-to-play-with-163857010.html>

"A kitten at a Taipei pet store went to extreme lengths to hang out with
its puppy buddy, breaking out of its own pen and then immediately
breaking into the puppy’s next door."

(More...)

Canada is the least xenophobic country in the Western world. Here's why.

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:51:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.vox.com/2016/6/8/11879482/ramadan-justin-trudeau-canada

"The country is just a lot more welcoming to immigrants and minorities
than virtually every country in the Western world. While Canada
certainly has problems with xenophobia and discrimination, it is less

(More...)

Music Box & Modulin - 2 new music instruments ("All Was Well" by Wintergatan)

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:51:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFfe4ZRQOH8

"We filmed this one-take video to demonstrate the newly built Music Box
and the Modulin, Enjoy!"

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Library Cat's Job Is Saved

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:54:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/02/484111751/library-cats-job-is-saved>

"Browser got his job six years ago when the library had a problem with
rodents. By all accounts, he was a big success and nestled into
librarygoers' hearts."

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YouTube & The Future Of Schools

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 23:55:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/swlh/youtube-the-future-of-schools-e3ddf07272aa

"Out of all the talks I’ve done recently, I enjoyed this one the most by
far. I think that had something to do with the five questions I asked
people to answer on a piece of paper. I don’t normally take this

(More...)

Rah-Bop's Rue cosplay

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:07:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://rah-bop.tumblr.com/post/146640589581/hey-everybody-this-weekend-im-going-to>

"Since I get the impression it’s acceptable to dress up as an animal
person at AC I took the opportunity to make a costume out of Rue, my D&D
character, which I’ve been wanting to do for a while."

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Internet: Quo Vadis (Where are you going?)

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:11:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.cavebear.com/cavebear-blog/internet_quo_vadis/

"I do not believe that the future internet will be a Utopia. Nor do I
believe that the future internet will be like some beautiful angel,
bringing peace, virtue, equality, and justice."

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Australian Censors Overreach when classfiying video games

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:12:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://dailyreview.com.au/australian-censors-overreach-classfiying-video-games/45040/>

"When a work is RCed it means it’s effectively banned. In a country
where politicians bleat about freedom of speech so that bigotry can be
allowed, the deafening silence in protecting freedom of artistic

(More...)

Who Are All These Trump Supporters?

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:14:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/11/george-saunders-goes-to-trump-rallies>

"Where is all this anger coming from? It’s viral, and Trump is Typhoid
Mary. Intellectually and emotionally weakened by years of steadily
degraded public discourse, we are now two separate ideological

(More...)

Illustrated Cross-Sections of Major Train Stations in Tokyo by Tomoyuki Tanaka

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:56:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2016/06/27/illustrated-cross-sections-of-major-train-stations-in-tokyo-by-tomoyuki-tanaka/>

"In addition to being an architect, Tomoyuki Tanaka is also a master draftsman.
Every project he’s done – from renovations and residential homes to urban
planning – has been accompanied by detailed sketches, cross-sections and

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Yes, this is a video of Sir Patrick Stewart dressed as a cowboy & singing cowboy songs

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:57:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.sbs.com.au/comedy/article/2016/07/05/yes-video-sir-patrick-stewart-dressed-cowboy-singing-cowboy-songs>

"Yes, that's right. This is a real thing. Not only is the video real - it is
Patrick Stewart singing old cowboy songs, dressed as a cowboy and doing cowboy
things, but the CD is real too, and you can actually buy it."

(More...)

Umi Hashi / 海洋箸: Chopsticks made from ocean plastic

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:58:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/anthonio/umi-hashi-chopsticks-made-of-ocean-plastic>

"Reduce ocean plastic by eating sushi in style by turning ocean plastic from
around the world into unique chopsticks."

(More...)

Documentary About Freeing Happy Birthday From Copyfraud Comes Out The Day After Happy Birthday Officially Declared Public Domain

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:00:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160701/17352234877/documentary-about-freeing-happy-birthday-copyfraud-comes-out-day-after-happy-birthday-officially-declared-public-domain.shtml>

"Jenn Nelson, the filmmaker who started to make a documentary about the song
and eventually decided to challenge the copyright status on it, has put out a
great 15-minute documentary about the fight to free Happy Birthday from the

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2,100 fursuits in one photo!

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:13:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JoaquinBaldwin/posts/3EeuVcutx36

"2,100 immensely colorful (and sweaty) fursuits in one frame. This is the
official group pic from the Anthrocon photographer."

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The Megaprocessor

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:15:29 +1000

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

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

"Computers are quite opaque, looking at them it's impossible to see how they
work. What I would like to do is get inside and see what's going on. Trouble is
we can't shrink down small enough to walk inside a silicon chip. But we can go

(More...)

Brewery owner boots sexist customer, unleashes must-read rant about women in the service industry

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:17:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/4/5/1510797/-Brewery-owner-boots-sexist-customer-unleashes-must-read-rant-about-women-in-the-service-industry>

"Men, we often don't see the level of filth that our friends, sisters, and
mothers go through every day. We hope to surround ourselves with people who
would never treat a woman like that. We live in a safe little bubble."

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Classy Yet Goofy Animal Furniture

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:18:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.neatorama.com/2016/07/07/Classy-Yet-Goofy-Animal-Furniture/>

"Tapazeria Rocchetti, a furniture and upholstery design firm in Rome, produces
stately pieces of luxury furniture that you would be proud to have in your
home."

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I am a citizen of a nation in which slavery is legal.

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:33:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+RuggerDucky/posts/NZbf9pzXEtT

"That’s a very hard thing for me to say, and a harder thing still to hear. Hard
for me to say, because I have lived my life fighting for the idea that all
citizens of our country are equal."

(More...)

Why the World Is Better Than You Think in 10 Powerful Charts

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:35:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://singularityhub.com/2016/06/27/why-the-world-is-better-than-you-think-in-10-powerful-charts/>

"We truly are living in the most exciting time to be alive."

Cause for optimism.  Via David Brin, who wrote:

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Arthur C. Clarke and his vision of world government

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:36:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2016/07/01/arthur-c-clarke-and-his-visio.html

"As I write, the aftermath of Brexit is being felt around the world --
Britain’s historic exit marking an end to the forty-year membership of the
European Union. It’s ironic that this should coincide with the launch of The

(More...)

The Secret Nuclear History of Cat Videos

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:38:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-secret-nuclear-history-of-cat-videos>

"Behind every Rickroll is a technology designed at the height of the Cold War
to guarantee nuclear annihilation."

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How to Write a History of Writing Software

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:56:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/06/how-to-write-a-history-of-writing-software/489173/>

"Isaac Asimov, John Updike, and John Hersey changed their writing habits to
adapt to word processors, according to the first literary historian of the
technology."

(More...)

Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:58:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@yegg/mental-models-i-find-repeatedly-useful-936f1cc405d>

"A mental model is just a concept you can use to help try to explain things
(e.g. Hanlon’s Razor — “never attribute to malice that which is adequately
explained by carelessness.”). There are tens of thousands of mental models, and

(More...)

Alton Sterling, Eric Garner and the double standard of the side hustle

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:02:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/07/alton-sterling-eric-garner-and-the-double-standard-of-the-side-hustle/>

"In cities where short-term rentals remain technically illegal, we don't
typically think of Airbnb hosts as operating in a black market. Nor do we
consider Uber drivers skirting the law — making, for instance, illegal airport

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Gathering Sun Rays

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:04:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://katherinephelps.com/2016/07/gathering-sun-rays/

"Listen, I'm aware that we're all, at some level, economic beings, and that's
not a bad thing, but that's certainly not all we are. What about unleashing
powerful artistic forces on our schools? Or powerful civic forces? Or powerful

(More...)

Royce Mann, Age 14, "White Boy Privilege", Slam Poem

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:56:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Q1jZ-LOT0

"Royce Mann, 8th grader from Atlanta, GA, USA, wrote and performed this
slam poem as part of a school competition. He ended up taking home first
place."

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My White Boss Talked About Race in America and This is What Happened

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:57:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@Mandela/my-white-boss-talked-about-race-in-america-and-this-is-what-happened-fe10f1a00726>

A moving article.

"We must never stop looking in the mirror, for it’s the only way we can

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I Just Saw this Picture and I’m So Disturbed. Because it’s Me.

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:59:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://feminewbie.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/i-just-saw-this-picture-and-im-so-disturbed-because-its-me/>

"How would you like to chill in a park for two hours and suddenly have
two strangers who clearly don’t like you, in uniforms with guns,
suddenly all up in your face?"

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New Zealand's crowdfunded beach becomes public park

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:00:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/new-zealands-crowdfunded-beach-becomes-public-park>

'A New Zealand man whose ambitious crowdfunding campaign raised millions
of dollars to buy a pristine South Island beach and make it public
parkland said Monday (July 11) it was "surreal" to see his dream realised.'

(More...)

Photographer Breaks "Crazy Cat Lady" Stereotype by Featuring Grown Men with Their Adorable Cats

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:58:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/david-williams-men-and-cats

"Williams photographs guys in their homes and on the street with their feline
companion close by."

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Women Were Included in the Civil Rights Act as a Joke

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:00:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blog.longreads.com/2016/07/07/women-were-included-in-the-civil-rights-act-as-a-joke/>

"And a racist joke, at that. But working women and black civil rights lawyers
had the last laugh when they brought women’s workplace rights to the courts and
won."

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Famous artist says a painting isn't by him, gets sued for ruining its value

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:01:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2016/07/11/famous-artist-says-a-painting.html

"This garage sale-worthy painting would be worth millions if it were by famed
artist Peter Doig. But it isn't, says Doig. So its owners are suing him for
interfering with their ability to sell it."

(More...)

New York Times Public Editor Scolded For Suggesting Websites Should Treat News Commenters Like Actual Human Beings

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:03:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160711/10573434936/new-york-times-public-editor-scolded-suggesting-websites-should-treat-news-commenters-like-actual-human-beings.shtml>

"For some time now, the opinion du jour in "enlightened" media circles has been
to treat the news comment section (aka the customers who visit your website
daily and directly) as some kind of irredeemable leper colony. One that should

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How a single word sparked a four-year saga of climate fact-checking and blog backlash

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:36:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-a-single-word-sparked-a-four-year-saga-of-climate-fact-checking-and-blog-backlash-62174>

There are a couple of lessons we can take away from this ordeal. The first is
that it takes far more time and effort to do rigorous science than it does to
attack it.

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Pokemon Go: There's a level 200 Squirtle in this think piece

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:42:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theage.com.au/comment/blunt-instrument/there-is-a-level-200-squirtle-at-the-end-of-this-think-piece-20160711-gq3k86.html>

"Increasingly, we live in a world where commentators are forced into ever more
ridiculous comments by the need to posture on the latest thing. But this
Pokemon Go phenomenon is the most serious issue I have ever commented on late

(More...)

How technology disrupted the truth

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:46:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jul/12/how-technology-disrupted-the-truth>

"Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of
public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own
facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism."

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An Open Letter on Identity Politics, to and from the Left

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:47:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@We_Are_The_Left/an-open-letter-on-identity-politics-to-and-from-the-left-b927fe66d3a4>

A very important and powerful plea for support.

"If we see people being harmed, it is our duty to help them. If we see bigoted

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Dehumanized

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:17:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://harpers.org/archive/2009/09/dehumanized/?single=1

"Despite the determinisms of the day, despite the code-breakers, the
wetware specialists, the patient unwinders of the barbed wire of our
being, this I feel is true: That we are more nurture than nature; that

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Cory Doctorow: Peak Indifference

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:18:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.locusmag.com/Perspectives/2016/07/cory-doctorow-peak-indifference/>

"Every year, the Internet’s reach and popularity has grown. Every year,
the extent to which Internet users’ privacy is compromised has also grown."

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Drones to unleash vaccine-laced pellets in bid to save endangered ferrets

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:19:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/12/us-government-black-footed-ferret-mandm-vaccines>

"The US government is set to unleash drones that fire vaccine-laced
pellets in a bid to save the endangered black-footed ferret, a species
that is facing a plague epidemic across America’s great plains."

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Getting on Disability Showed Me Everyone Should Have Basic Income

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:20:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.xojane.com/issues/everyone-should-have-basic-income

"In the last four months, having the money to cover my basic needs has
given me the chance to flourish rather than just survive."

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Viewpoint: Why fake news is a story we all share

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:30:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-36761324

"In the race to compete with viral media sites, fake stories contaminate the
output of once-reputable news publishers. But stories that are too good to be
true predate the internet, writes journalist and hoaxer Matt Thompson."

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Fantasy food at exhibition by famed Japanese animator Studio Ghibli

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:32:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36764738

"Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation company behind classics like My
Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away, is holding a major retrospective in Tokyo. 
The exhibition covers 30 years of work but many fans will be most excited about

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Shark ignores human

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:33:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LeratoMajikfaerie/posts/T4H6vpK1PAw

"Sharks are, as far as Australia goes, one of the least trying-to-kill-you
thing we have.
Because people aren't shark food. Seals are tasty; people are not worth the

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Everything you need to know about Theresa May’s Brexit nightmare in five minutes

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:35:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2016/07/14/everything-you-need-to-know-about-theresa-may-s-brexit>

"Whenever I write one of these things I always lie about the five minute
things. I say it, because it makes an otherwise boring subject feel manageable,
but then I basically just write as much as I like."

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Why We Ignore the Obvious: The Psychology of Willful Blindness

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:29:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/08/27/willful-blindness-margaret-heffernan/>

"How to counter the gradual narrowing of our horizons."

A book extract on an important topic.  Via George Station.

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Not a Deer, Wolf or Fox, the Maned Wolf is Fascinating

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:30:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSQ_ajl3cvE

"The Maned Wolf of South America looks like someone stitched together a deer,
wolf and fox- it is certainly more than the sum of its parts."

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Cougars could save lives by lowering vehicle collisions with deer

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:31:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160714163350.htm>

"A team of researchers has for the first time begun to quantify the economic
and social impact of bringing back large carnivores."

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Multiple WA teriyaki shops deluged with hate after sheriff wrongly accuses one of banning cops

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:34:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/wa-teriyaki-shops-flooded-with-online-hate-after-sheriff-wrongly-accuses-restaurant-of-banning-cops/>

"Restaurants with the rather generic name “Lucky Teriyaki” in Washington are
bearing the brunt online after a misunderstanding caused by a language barrier
prompted the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office to post on their official Facebook

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Inside the World's Chicest Cult

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:13:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a16297/inside-the-worlds-chicest-cult/>

"Everyone has a threshold for New Age spirituality. At Spirit Weavers, a
highly Instagrammable, sold-out women's retreat, I hit mine."

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Policing Isn’t Working for Cops Either

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:14:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://billmoyers.com/story/policing-isnt-working-cops-either/

"When the system comes together to defend cops like Casebolt, their
defense of him is a smokescreen. The system doesn’t care about any
individuals — the individuals are dispensable. It is trying to distract

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How A Danish Town Helped Young Muslims Turn Away From ISIS

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:15:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/15/485900076/how-a-danish-town-helped-young-muslims-turn-away-from-isis>

"There are strong correlations between humiliation and the search for an
extremist ideology"

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I Put A Trans Character In A Game And Gamers Went Insane

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:16:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2284-i-put-trans-character-in-game-gamers-went-insane.html>

A good point:
This is what progress looks like. Advancement is met with walls of
fiery hate hiding behind a thin veneer of "tradition" or not wanting

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Squirrel Who Survived A Hurricane Is Living The Dream

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:24:44 +1000

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

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

"She is living the life."

Your daily cute.  Via Cara Evangelista.

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Rate of species decline 'no longer within safe limit' for humans, experts warn

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:25:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/extinct-species-biodiversity-loss-ecosystems-anthropocene-journal-science-a7137476.html>

"Animal and plant species are declining so quickly that world
biodiversity loss is no longer within a “safe limit” and could start to
threaten much of the planet’s ability to support humans, according to a

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Plane, Motorcycle, Wire Walker in Crazy Triple Stunt

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:26:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2016/07/16/plane-motorcycle-wire-walker.html

"This video is titled “Aerobatic pilot Melissa Andrzejewski flies under
highliner Sketchy Andy Lewis and freestyle motocross legend Jimmy
Fitzpatrick in a first of its kind aviation stunt.” There’s not much

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Is this the ‘most Melbourne conversation’ ever?

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:27:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://dailyreview.com.au/melbourne-conversation-ever/45884/

"Melbourne, once disparagingly known elsewhere as “Bleak City” is in
love with itself as a cultural capital and hipster enclave."

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How to Be Polite

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:56:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/message/how-to-be-polite-9bf1e69e888c

"Most people don’t notice I’m polite, which is sort of the point. I
don’t look polite. I am big and droopy and need a haircut. No soul would
associate me with watercress sandwiches. Still, every year or so someone

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Half Of TSA's 30,000 Employees Accused Of Misconduct; Nearly A Third Multiple Times

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:57:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160716/12015834995/half-tsas-30000-employees-accused-misconduct-nearly-third-multiple-times.shtml>

"The TSA is a multibillion dollar agency with nearly zero redeemable
qualities. It can only act in hindsight, does almost nothing to make
traveling safer, and seemingly devotes most of its screening efforts to

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100-Year-Old Theatre Converted Into Stunning Bookstore

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:58:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.boredpanda.com/buenos-aires-bookstore-theatre-el-ateneo-grand-splendid/>

"Tucked away in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires is a beautiful bookshop
called El Ateneo Grand Splendid. It is built within the almost
100-year-old Grand Splendid Theater, which opened in 1919. The theatre

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'Sonia Kruger is not evil': Waleed Aly defends Today Extra host, calls on Australians to stop 'cycle of outrage'

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:00:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/sonia-kruger-is-not-evil-waleed-aly-defends-today-extra-host-calls-on-australians-to-stop-cycle-of-outrage-20160719-gq9ak7.html>

"In a moving plea, Aly calls for Australians to empathise with one
another during what he calls these 'dark times'."

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Rock-Paper-Lizard: The evolutionary dynamics of reproductive strategies | @GrrlScientist

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 13:49:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@GrrlScientist/rock-paper-lizard-the-evolutionary-dynamics-of-reproductive-strategies-grrlscientist-b9c716273feb>

"Long before humans were a thing, some lizard species were finding mates
using the guidelines of the human hand game, rock-paper-scissors"

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A Note On a Jackass Getting Booted From Twitter

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 13:50:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/07/20/a-note-on-a-jackass-getting-booted-from-twitter/>

"Jones was subjected to more than a day of appalling abuse, Yannopoulos
chortled about it like the troll he is and cheered his minions on, and
Twitter finally decided he was a liability and permanently dumped his ass."

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Forget Comcast. Here’s The DIY Approach to Internet Access.

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 13:52:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://backchannel.com/forget-comcast-heres-the-diy-approach-to-internet-access-ef1e37bc09e1>

"Spanish engineer Ramon Roca got tired of waiting for telecom companies
to wire his town — so he did it himself."

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Earth-friendly EOMA68 Computing Devices

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 13:52:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.crowdsupply.com/eoma68/micro-desktop

"Easily Upgrade and Fix Your Own Computer"

Good to see this is making progress.

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