Glass Wings Blog: October 2016

Downwind from Standing Rock

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:54:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.stonekettle.com/2016/09/standing-rock.html

"For the last few years Alaskans have been arguing over a hole in the
ground.  Now, to be fair, this isn’t just any hole.  This hole is filled
with a treasure vast beyond imagination."

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I hate RUOK Day. Here’s why.

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:55:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@jenniehill/why-i-hate-ruok-day-667e53b340e7

"It’s the day each year we’re supposed to ask people we know if they’re
okay, with a view to starting conversations and offering support, thus
reducing mental health issues and suicide.  I hate it."

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In New Zealand, The Land Can Be A Person. Meanwhile, in Australia…

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:56:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://newmatilda.com/2016/09/08/new-zealand-land-can-person-meanwhile-australia/>

"In New Zealand, what was once a National Park is now a ‘legal
personality’ – and by the end of the year, the country’s third largest
river is likely to be recognised as having its own presence, needs, and

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An Astounding PMJ Video Debut – Virtuoso Gunhild Carling is a “One-Woman PMJ!”

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:58:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://postmodernjukebox.com/post/new-video-gunhild-carling-astounds-pmj-video-debut-playing-4-instruments/>

"This is another story of how the internet (and Postmodern Jukebox fans)
helped me to discover and collaborate with an unbelievable,
one-of-a-kind talent."

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The Disconnected

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 19:52:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/style/2016/09/06/teen-lives-depend-on-the-internet-what-happens-when-they-cant-afford-it/>

"Teen lives and futures depend on the Internet. What happens when they
can’t afford it?"

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Modern economics has lost sight of people

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 19:53:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://theaimn.com/modern-economics-lost-sight-people/

"I take the anthropological view that economics is about how a society
uses and distributes its resources — that is any society, whether
hunter-gatherer or a modern technological society. It is a view that

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'Catastrophic' loss of 10pc of wilderness across the world over past two decades

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 19:55:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-09/catastrophic-loss-of-wilderness-on-planet-earth/7819362>

"All nations need to start conserving their wilderness areas"

Via Jane Rakali.

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A Young Rescued Bat Makes Adorable Happy Noises While Getting His Head Rubbed by His Caretaker

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 19:55:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://laughingsquid.com/a-young-rescued-bat-makes-adorable-happy-noises-while-getting-his-head-rubbed-by-his-caretaker/>

"A sweet, affectionate and attention-seeking juvenile flying-fox named
Jeddah made all sorts of adorable happy noises while sitting blissfully
in his caretaker’s arms getting a yummy head scratch."

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What’s Wrong with Cultural Appropriation? These 9 Answers Reveal Its Harm

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 13:01:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/06/cultural-appropriation-wrong/

"So, you just walked into a Halloween party. You think you’re wearing a
kick-ass costume, but instead of giving you a compliment, someone tells you
that your costume counts as cultural appropriation."

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The Falling Man

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 13:04:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Warning: unbearably tragic.

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a48031/the-falling-man-tom-junod/

"No one ever got used to it; no one who saw it wished to see it again,

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Obduction marks a comeback for the makers of Myst

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 13:06:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2016/09/09/obduction-marks-a-comeback-for.html

"Cyan, the company behind the legendary Myst adventure game, is back with an
unexpectedly well-received sequel, Obduction."

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What Happens When Architectural Designer Tries Baking Desserts

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 13:07:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.boredpanda.com/architectural-cake-designs-patisserie-dinara-kasko/>

"The Ukranian pastry chef is the master of combining baking with geometric
figures and architectural designs. She approaches her desserts as if they were
buildings, and creates the most unique edible structures ever."

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The progressive case for replacing the welfare state with basic income

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 13:26:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/09/the-progressive-case-for-replacing-the-welfare-state-with-basic-income/>

"It appears some establishment voices have picked up on a way of opposing the
idea of the monthly citizen dividend of about $1,000 per month, known as
universal basic income (UBI), in a way that successfully leaves some

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Dolphins recorded having a conversation 'just like two people' for first time

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 13:27:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/09/11/dolphins-recorded-having-a-conversation-for-first-time/>

'Two dolphins have been recorded having a conversation for the first time after
scientists developed an underwater microphone which could distinguish the
animals' different "voices".'

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Why Do Tourists Visit Ancient Ruins Everywhere Except the United States?

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 13:29:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://priceonomics.com/why-do-tourists-visit-ancient-ruins-everywhere/

"Cahokia has since been dignified with a state park and visitors center, but
it’s not well known outside of Illinois and Missouri. It hardly attracts the
number of visitors you’d expect for America’s version of the pyramids and the

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“OH GOD, THE PAIN!”

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 13:31:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://tumblr.tastefullyoffensive.com/post/150242528843/oh-god-the-pain-via-natsdorf>

Time for cute!  Via Jamez Frondeskias.

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An asynchronous Internet in GNOME

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 13:00:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://lwn.net/Articles/699636/

The Internet is ubiquitous in people's lives and is fundamental to most
software, Blandford said, so most developers lapse into thinking about it as
omnipresent. But, in fact, Internet access is neither "always on" nor is it

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Over the Top Cakes - St. Albert

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 13:02:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.facebook.com/overthetopcakes/photos/a.153441300825.127778.153430545825/10153708887005826/?type=1&theater>

"Our client asked for a full size desk cake with vintage accounting feel from
the movie The Producers. The desk is cake (except the legs) & everything is
edible!"

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UK Politician's Campaign Staff Tweets Out Picture Of Login And Password To Phones During Campaign Phone Jam

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 13:03:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160909/10405835475/uk-politicians-campaign-staff-tweets-out-picture-login-password-to-phones-during-campaign-phone-jam.shtml>

"But for the truly silly, we obviously need to travel away from the world of
private corporations and directly into the world of politicians, who often
times are tasked with legislating on matters of data security and privacy, but

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When Wonder Woman Tells the Truth [Comic]

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 13:05:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.geeksaresexy.net/2016/09/12/wonder-woman-tells-truth-comic/

Heh.  Go to the source for a bonus panel!

Via Paula R. and also Sheila Nagig.

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Masterfully Designed LEGO Animals by Felix Jaensch

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 12:01:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/09/masterfully-designed-lego-animals-by-felix-jaensch/>

"German artist Felix Jaensch has an uncanny ability to translate the ruffle of
parrot feathers or the lumpy fur of orangutans into lifelike LEGO sculptures."

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All the Ads in This London Tube Station Were Just Replaced with Cat Photos

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 12:02:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://petapixel.com/2016/09/12/ads-london-tube-station-just-replaced-cat-photos/

"Clapham Common Tube station in London is looking very feline today. After a
very successful tongue-in-cheek Kickstarter campaign, the so-called Citizens
Advertising Takeover Service (CATS) has managed to replace 68 advertisements in

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How Fake Stories Reported in Russia's News Media Regularly Fool Everyone

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 12:03:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://globalvoices.org/2016/09/12/how-fake-stories-reported-in-russias-news-media-regularly-fool-everyone/>

"Just last month, something all too typical happened in Russia's news media: a
perfect example of where fake news stories originate, how they’re spread, who
is responsible, and who believes them."

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More Details On How Corporate Sovereignty Provisions, Like Those In TPP & TTIP, Are Dangerous

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 12:04:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160909/22583035479/more-details-how-corporate-sovereignty-provisions-like-those-tpp-ttip-are-dangerous.shtml>

"Now it's just a way for companies and lawyers to profit through threats on
just about any regulatory change."

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Five Myths About Young People and Social Media

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 13:59:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201402/five-myths-about-young-people-and-social-media>

"Boyd’s research and book are great achievements, because she took teens
seriously and listened to them."

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The great question of the 21st century: Whose black box do you trust?

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 14:01:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/great-question-21st-century-whose-black-box-do-you-trust-tim-o-reilly>

"Algorithms shape choice not just for consumers but for businesses"

Tim O'Reilly on evaluating the rules by which we're governed.

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Sega Takes Potshots At DMCA-Happy Nintendo While Being Cool About Fan Games

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 14:02:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160912/09024935498/sega-takes-potshots-dmca-happy-nintendo-while-being-cool-about-fan-games.shtml>

"Where Nintendo is in the news for treating its fans poorly, Sega makes
news for treating them well"

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Animal Updates: Elephants, Whales and Crows

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 14:05:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
A New Video Shows How Elephants Pay Their Respects to the Dead
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/09/how-elephants-mourn-their-dead.html

Via Andres Soolo.

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Two on ocean health

Sat, 8 Oct 2016 19:43:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Disease is spreading through our oceans like never before, report finds
<http://www.sciencealert.com/global-warming-is-making-the-oceans-sick-new-report-finds>

"An international investigation into the health of the world's oceans
has found that rising global temperatures are spreading disease at an

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Sex and sexuality: The Jane Austen game breaking the MMO rules

Sat, 8 Oct 2016 19:45:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/14/ever-jane-austen-mmo-rpg-regency/

"Ever, Jane is a historically accurate role-playing game built for the
classic literature lover."

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In pictures: Ladybirds, geckos and gorillas

Sat, 8 Oct 2016 19:45:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-37359256

"Fifteen stunning images from the Royal Photographic Society's
International Images for Science competition"

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Building a 13th-Century Castle in the 21st Century

Sat, 8 Oct 2016 19:47:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2016/09/building-a-13th-century-castle-in-the-21st-century/500204/>

"Guedelon Castle is a project started in 1997 by Michel Guyot and
Maryline Martin in the Burgundy region of France. The castle is styled
on typical French medieval chateau-fort, modeled on designs from the

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I’m the most magnanimous motherfucker you know.

Sun, 9 Oct 2016 13:28:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@anildash/i-m-the-most-magnanimous-motherfucker-you-know-940190413df0>

"There are only so many times you can laugh it off when a stranger
indicates they think you want to kill children."

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The Commune in Ethiopia Where Feminism is the Law

Sun, 9 Oct 2016 13:28:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-commune-in-ethiopia-where-feminism-is-the-law>

"How a village in Ethiopia has come to serve as a model for the rights
of women, children and the elderly."

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Pentatonix & Dolly Parton - Jolene

Sun, 9 Oct 2016 13:29:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYCoyUxY2HY

Dolly Parton's still going strong!

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Incredibly Cute Animal Illustrations By Sydney Hanson Will Make You Smile

Sun, 9 Oct 2016 13:31:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/cute-animal-illustration-sydney-hanson/

"Meet Sydney Hanson - an artist who draws the most adorable
illustrations ever. Featuring a bunch of different creatures from cute
little donkeys and guinea pigs to lady bugs and working bees, her art

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The Surprising Link Between Tapirs and Climate Change

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:53:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.climatecentral.org/news/surprising-link-between-tapirs-and-climate-change-20687>

"Bello ran computer simulations of what would happen in Brazil’s Atlantic
forest if the trees that depend on large fruit-eaters like tapirs, muriqui
monkeys and jacutinga birds went extinct."

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Malarndirri McCarthy received a standing ovation for her first Senate speech

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:54:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na4vYTXi89Q

"Malarndirri McCarthy received a standing ovation for her first Senate speech
in the Australian Parliament on the 14th September 2016."

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An Incredible and Complex Triple Spiral Designed Using 15,000 Dominoes Topples Beautifully

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:55:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/an-incredible-and-complex-triple-spiral-designed-using-15000-dominoes-topples-beautifully/>

"Domino artist Hevesh5 created an incredible and complex triple spiral design
using 15,000 individual dominoes and toppled the structure beautifully. As a
bonus, Hevesh5 also posted a video of the falling dominoes played backwards."

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Watch 222 Great Films in the Public Domain: Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Buster Keaton & More

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:56:55 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.openculture.com/2016/09/watch-222-great-films-in-the-public-domain.html>

"But why, ask Thompson and Bordwell, “should anybody care about old movies?”
The obvious answer is that they “offer intense artistic experiences or
penetrating visions of human life in other times and places.”"

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Norwegian black metal musician unexpectedly elected to town council

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:59:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://mashable.com/2016/09/13/norwegian-black-metal-legend-elected/

"I’m not too pleased about it. It’s boring," said Fenriz.

Probably true, but I'm sure he'll get some new perspective!

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The four ways your social network is different to real life networks

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:01:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.canberratimes.com.au/technology/sci-tech/the-four-ways-your-social-network-is-different-to-real-life-networks-20160914-grfxiz>

Professor Christakis says: "Gathering a deep understanding of human social
interactions offers us whole new ways to intervene in the world to make it
better."

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But how much does it cost?

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:02:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2016/09/but-how-much-does-it-cost.html

"I know what the price tag says. But what does it cost?"

Via Sam McLeod at infoxchange.org.

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Inside Google’s Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:03:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.wired.com/2016/09/inside-googles-internet-justice-league-ai-powered-war-trolls/>

"For years now, on Twitter and practically any other freewheeling public forum,
the trolls have been out in force."

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On "Adiemus" and the world's music

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:37:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2016/09/19/on-adiemus-and-the-world.html

"Karl Jenkins' Adiemus is apparently the most-performed piece of music in the
world."

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Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:46:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/19/waste-not-want-not-sweden-tax-breaks-repairs>

"Government to tackle ‘throwaway culture’ by cutting VAT on fixing everything
from bicycles to washing machines"

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Electric VW Beetle | Fully Charged

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:54:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXsQGWWz3Is

"A glorious drive through glorious Welsh countryside in a classic VW Beetle,
that's also a really impressive electric car."

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To move forward on reconciliation, Australia must recognise it has a race relations problem

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:56:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/to-move-forward-on-reconciliation-australia-must-recognise-it-has-a-race-relations-problem-64585>

Racism is still a major problem in Australia.

"While Australians might comfortably compare themselves with the US, this

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Odyssey - Creperie - Paris

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:57:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.restaurant-odyssey.fr/en/

"In the heart of the Latin Quarter, between libraries and comic shops, Odyssey
- the new creperie - rich in its intergalactic décor, invites you to an
experience that will awaken the senses."

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The Success of the Voter Fraud Myth

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:58:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/opinion/the-success-of-the-voter-fraud-myth.html

"How does a lie come to be widely taken as the truth?  The answer is
disturbingly simple: Repeat it over and over again. When faced with facts that
contradict the lie, repeat it louder."

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Those Terrible Takedowns Aren't Mistakes, They're Intentional Fakes

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:59:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160919/11543035563/those-terrible-takedowns-arent-mistakes-theyre-intentional-fakes.shtml>

'Usually, when we see stupid and dangerous DMCA errors like Warner Bros. taking
down its own website and Paramount taking down legitimate Linux torrents, it's
the studios we call out first for their wanton abuse of the system. But of

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The 10 Punniest Cosplays Of Dragon Con 2016

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:59:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.epbot.com/2016/09/the-10-punniest-cosplays-of-dragon-con.html

"The next time you see a crazy mashup costume, think fast: you could be
looking at an epic geek pun."

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The Politics of Love - Speech

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:14:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.andrewleigh.com/the_politics_of_love_speech

"This is the first time I’ve given a speech in a Melbourne church. Which
is a bit neglectful, since I literally owe my life to a Melbourne
church. Let me tell you the story."

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Australia does not have a welfare problem. We have a poverty problem

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:15:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/20/australia-does-not-have-a-welfare-problem-we-have-a-poverty-problem>

"You don’t build communities up by putting people down. Structural
changes to the economy have resulted in entire communities being left
without work and often without adequate social and economic infrastructure."

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Teenagers will eat veggies—if you tell them they’re sticking it to the man

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:16:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/09/teenagers-will-eat-veggies-if-you-tell-them-theyre-sticking-it-to-the-man/>

"Appealing to teens’ moral values and dislike for authority works wonders."

Nice one.  (Read the article - it's not about being deceptive.)

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Resonance in Rainbow Bridge: Study listens to the natural bridge vibrate and sing

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:17:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://phys.org/news/2016-09-resonance-rainbow-bridge-natural-vibrate.html>

"Utah's iconic Rainbow Bridge hums with natural and man-made vibrations,
according to a new University of Utah study, published September 21 in
Geophysical Research Letters."

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That One Dirty Rat Who Started All This Racism

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:02:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theferrett.com/ferrettworks/2016/09/that-one-dirty-rat-who-started-all-this-racism/>

"If Abraham Lincoln ended slavery, and Martin Luther King ended racism (but
maybe he didn’t), then who was the guy who started racism?"

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Yet Another Report Says More Innovation, Rather Than More Enforcement, Reduces Piracy

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:12:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160916/22542935542/yet-another-report-says-more-innovation-rather-than-more-enforcement-reduces-piracy.shtml>

"Researchers at the University of East Anglia, Lancaster University and
Newcastle University have a new report saying that promoting legal alternatives
is much more effective in stopping piracy than the threat of legal

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Horses can use symbols to talk to us

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:14:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/09/horses-can-use-symbols-talk-us

"There will never be a horse like Mr. Ed, the talking equine TV star. But
scientists have discovered that the animals can learn to use another human tool
for communicating: pointing to symbols. They join a short list of other

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See Dazzling Botanical Imagery Through the Ages

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:20:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/see-dazzling-botanical-imagery-through-the-ages>

"A glorious visual compendium of plants and flowers that spans thousands of
years."

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Tell Me More About How Much You Hate Millennials, You Old Fart

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:43:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@ellieguzman/tell-me-more-about-how-much-you-hate-millennials-you-old-fart-3234d160e076>

"If I hear one more middle aged white person tell me how good I have it
because I was born in the 90s, I’m going to literally barf so hard I
shoot backwards across the room."

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The 2016 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:45:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.improbable.com/ig/winners/

"REPRODUCTION PRIZE [EGYPT] — The late Ahmed Shafik, for studying the
effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trousers on the sex life
of rats, and for conducting similar tests with human males."

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The Fascist Bogeyman

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:46:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@BigMeanInternet/the-fascist-bogeyman-137b8c8b4c0e

"People want to know what to call things and that’s understandable, but
I’m not sure how useful this exercise is. Fascist is as fascist does,
and by the time we can agree on the exact definition it may already be

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Nissan Commercial Highlights Some Japanese Craftspeople Being Incredibly Good at Their Jobs

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:48:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://laughingsquid.com/nissan-commercial-highlights-some-japanese-craftspeople-being-incredibly-good-at-their-jobs/>

"Nissan highlighted some Japanese craftspeople being incredibly good at
their jobs in a commercial for their Nissan Caravan."

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This Black Professor Wrote About the Harrowing Reality of Fitting a Police Description

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:10:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://mic.com/articles/129805/this-black-professor-wrote-about-the-harrowing-reality-of-fitting-a-police-description>

"While on his way to get a burrito before work, police stopped Locke near
Boston's Centre street. Locke wrote that the police officer unsnapped his gun's
holster as he approached him, which prompted Locke to take his hands out of his

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Tired of being humiliated, these girls fought the school dress code. And won.

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:11:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.upworthy.com/tired-of-being-humiliated-these-girls-fought-the-school-dress-code-and-won>

"The only reason I go to school is to get my education," AnaLuiza told the
board. "When I get dressed in the morning, my intention is not to provoke or
be sexualized. My intention is to feel comfortable in my own skin."

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An Open Letter from a Black Man to His White Family in a Moment of Violence

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:12:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@radfagg/an-open-letter-from-a-black-man-to-his-white-family-in-a-moment-of-violence-488a457f24db>

"I am exhausted from trying to get you on board with a movement–one that
mirrors those from previous eras you claim to revere, and that has reignited
calls for social transformation once heralded by the writers, speakers,

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A pool was filled with 250,000 ping pong balls for one wild party

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:14:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WOHhXAJBh8

"PING PONG POOL PARTY! Dawn Of Man created this art installation for Art Basel
in Miami Beach. It took 250,000 ping pong balls to fill the pool, and then it
was party time."

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Is it ever OK for white people to wear dreadlocks?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:16:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mic.com/articles/154045/is-it-ever-ok-for-white-people-to-wear-dreadlocks

"To answer that question, Mic asked three women of color about their thoughts
as to why it may or may not be offensive, and why it may never be OK."

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The banned 400-year-old Shakespearean speech being used for refugee rights today

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:18:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://qz.com/786163/the-banned-400-year-old-shakespearean-speech-being-used-for-refugee-rights-today/>

"Some six hundred years ago in medieval England, feverish xenophobia swept
through the population as 64,000 foreigners, from wealthy Lombard bankers to
Flemish laborers, arrived on English shores between 1330 and 1550 in search of

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Zambia's front line between elephants and humans

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:19:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37464332

"When the national park system in Zambia was set up, the authorities decided to
designate buffer zones around them, areas in which people live and farm, but
also areas in which the animals from the park move freely."

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Traffic Is Fake, Audience Numbers Are Garbage, And Nobody Knows How Many People See Anything

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:20:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160915/18183535533/traffic-is-fake-audience-numbers-are-garbage-nobody-knows-how-many-people-see-anything.shtml>

"How many living, breathing human beings really read Techdirt? The truth —
the most basic, rarely-spoken truth — is that we have no earthly idea. With
very few exceptions, no media property big or small, new or old, online or off,

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Wolves are breeding in Austria for the first time in over 100 years (PHOTOS)

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:49:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.earthtouchnews.com/conservation/success-stories/wolves-are-breeding-in-austria-for-the-first-time-in-over-100-years-photos>

"Camera traps set up in the Allentsteig military training area in
Austria's northeasternmost state have captured snapshots of a wolf
family: a wolf pair and two pups. The youngsters are the first to be

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Poaching behind worst African elephant losses in 25 years

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:54:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160926151854.htm

"Africa's overall elephant population has seen the worst declines in 25
years, mainly due to poaching over the past ten years -- according to
IUCN's African Elephant Status Report."

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The bravest thing I've ever done

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:55:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NoSSCmaHn4

"Saving a skunk with a Coke can stuck on his head. (In response to
comments, I don't think the can was litter or from recycling, but rather
a fat drippings can from a BBQ)"

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These Ursula K. Le Guin Collections Would Make a Mighty Fine Gift for Your Favorite Reader (Or Yourself)

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:57:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://io9.gizmodo.com/these-ursula-k-le-guin-collections-would-make-a-mighty-1787138905>

"Fans of literary legend Ursula K. Le Guin have probably already heard
about her new story collections, but here’s a reminder—and also a heads
up for anyone looking to read more of her work. You can’t really tell

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Kitten Refuses to Leave Warm Bath!

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:23:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj73JF_bhjc

Your daily cute.  Via Muse.

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Out of touch

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:23:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://overland.org.au/previous-issues/issue-224/feature-ben-eltham

"The marvellous juxtaposition of a minister explaining a $6000 toaster to a man
struggling to survive on minimum wage transfixed the nation."

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Phantasmagoria

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:24:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@resnikoff/phantasmagoria-3beac7fe516d

"Most politicians are at least a little dishonest, but very few of them are
dishonest in quite the same way as Donald Trump."

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Russian Photographer Captures The Cutest Squirrel Photo Session Ever

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:26:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/squirrel-photography-russia-vadim-trunov/

"Talented Russian nature photographer Vadim Trunov has had close encounters
with squirrels before, but this is the first time we’ve seen his photos of
squirrels playing or shooting photos of each other!"

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Sisyphus: Mesmerizing Kinetic Sand Drawing Tables By Bruce Shapiro

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:39:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/kinetic-sand-art-table-sisyphus-bruce-shapiro/

'“What music brings to your ears, Sisyphus brings to your eyes.” That’s
what Bruce Shapiro says about his mesmerizing kinetic coffee table, and
we couldn’t agree more.'

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Starmachine 2000 - Live at Haldern Pop 2016

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:40:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf3bhAayHaw

"We had a great time at the wonderful german festival, Haldern Pop 2016.
This is the song Starmachine 2000 from the show Filmed by WDR
Rockpalast. Enjoy!"

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Talking conspiracy theories with the historian who defeated a Holocaust denier in court

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:41:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thinkprogress.org/talking-conspiracy-theories-with-the-historian-who-defeated-a-holocaust-denier-in-court-50ebc8605559>

"One thing you can say for David Irving: He’s not your average anti-Semite."

Great interview.  Via Susan Stone.

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First Rate, Second Grade, Party

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:42:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://notalwaysrelated.com/first-rate-second-grade-party/44250

"It is my daughter’s seventh birthday. About two weeks ago I made some
invitations for her to give out at school. It should be noted that while
she is in second grade, she is also enrolled in music lessons and is

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Recalculating the Climate Math

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:42:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://newrepublic.com/article/136987/recalculating-climate-math

"The numbers on global warming are even scarier than we thought."

Via Philipp Birken, who wrote:

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When Roman “Barbarians” Met the Asian Enlightenment

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:43:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@writingben/when-roman-barbarians-met-the-asian-enlightenment-2be064d7af9b>

"Until these Chinese skeletons were unearthed in England — at the
far-western end of the Roman Empire, no less — no one had ever found any
proof that a single Chinese envoy ever made it to Rome; or that a Roman

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It’s Science, Stupid: Why Do Trump Supporters Believe so Many Things That Are Crazy and Wrong?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:44:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.alternet.org/video/its-science-stupid-why-do-trump-supporters-believe-so-many-things-are-crazy-and-wrong>

"Science can explain why Trump supporters believe so many things that are
demonstrably false."

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‘Do Not Resist’: A chilling look at the normalization of warrior cops

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:45:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/09/30/do-not-resist-a-chilling-look-at-the-normalization-of-warrior-cops/>

"The haunting thing about the new policing documentary “Do Not Resist”
is what it doesn’t show. There are no images of cops beating people. No
viral videos of horrifying shootings. Sure, there are scenes from the

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Why we are poles apart on climate change

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:52:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nature.com/news/why-we-are-poles-apart-on-climate-change-1.11166>

"The problem isn’t the public’s reasoning capacity; it’s the polluted
science-communication environment that drives people apart, says Dan Kahan."

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Shadow Regulation: the Back-Room Threat to Digital Rights

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:53:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/09/shadow-regulation-back-room-threat-digital-rights>

"Even those who are aware of these agreements have few options for
changing them, because users aren't a party to these private deals. They
tend to cover multiple companies, so shaming or boycotting a single

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Pangolins thrown a lifeline at global wildlife summit with total trade ban

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:54:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/28/pangolins-thrown-a-lifeline-at-global-wildlife-summit-with-total-trade-ban>

"World’s most illegally trafficked mammal wins total ban on
international trade in all species under the strictest Cites protection
possible"

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Here's my plan to save Twitter: let's buy it

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:55:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/29/save-twitter-buy-platform-shared-ownership>

"Corporate sharks are circling around the platform we love. But there is
another way: shared ownership, where the community takes control"

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10 books about residential schools to read with your kids

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:05:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/indigenous/10-books-about-residential-schools-to-read-with-your-kids-1.3208021>

"Stories open up 'space for conversation' with children, says educator"

Aboriginal Australians have had similar traumatic experiences. Hopefully there

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Bill McKibben: Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Powerful Enough to Overwhelm Fossil Fuel Industry

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:07:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/30/bill_mckibben_dakota_access_pipeline_resistance>

"We speak with 350.org’s Bill McKibben about how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
and members of hundreds of other tribes from across the U.S., Canada and Latin
America have resisted construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline,

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Cute animals

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:08:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
10+ Of The Funniest Entries From The 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards
http://www.boredpanda.com/comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-2016/

25+ Animals That Sleep Wherever They Please
http://www.boredpanda.com/animals-sleeping-anywhere/

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Meet the mathekniticians - and their amazing woolly maths creations

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:09:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/2016/oct/03/meet-the-mathekniticians-and-their-amazing-woolly-maths-creations>

"Married couple Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer have been knitting and
crocheting mathematical images and objects for more than two decades"

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Prize of a lifetime: London bookshop offers free books for the rest of your life

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:38:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/30/london-bookshop-offers-prize-of-a-lifetime-free-books-for-the-rest-of-your-life>

"Library of a Lifetime award asks readers to nominate the title that means most
to them, with a new book to be sent monthly to the winner until they die"

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‘If I Sleep for an Hour, 30 People Will Die’

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:40:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/02/opinion/sunday/if-i-sleep-for-an-hour-30-people-will-die.html>

"If you’re doubting whether you’ve done enough with your life, don’t compare
yourself to Mr. Kaminsky. By his 19th birthday, he had helped save the lives of
thousands of people by making false documents to get them into hiding or out of

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I Listened to a Trump Supporter

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:43:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://extranewsfeed.com/i-listened-to-a-trump-supporter-49a41a9a99de

"I talked at length with a Trump supporter I grew up around. I wanted to
understand. I respected her growing up. I wanted to know why a person as kind
and compassionate as I remember her is voting for someone like Donald Trump."

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Here is How We Will Boycott Injustice and Police Brutality in America

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:44:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/10/01/here-how-we-will-boycott-injustice-and-police-brutality-america>

"Sustained protests have built worldwide awareness and discussion around the
problem, but we must pivot from awareness to change. Our protests must
continue, but it appears that policymakers around the country are fully willing

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Death and MetaFilter

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:18:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@joshmillard/death-and-metafilter-24ec69e1a473

"I knew that people on MetaFilter had died, that more people would die, that
one day I would die and you will die and death is inevitable and thus and
therefore. But I hadn’t really dealt with it. I hadn’t embraced it, accepted

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Platform Cooperatives Like Stocksy Have A Purpose Uber And Airbnb Never Will

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:19:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.forbes.com/sites/danpontefract/2016/10/01/platform-cooperatives-like-stocksy-have-a-purpose-uber-and-airbnb-never-will/>

"While there isn’t anything fundamentally wrong with companies like Uber or
Airbnb in the “access economy”, they are not examples of organizations who are
truly “sharing” nor are they reinvesting any of its revenues or profits into

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The Normalization of Hate

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:20:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/gay-star-news/the-normalization-of-hate-feb2b0548af4

"I know who is responsible for the fear I feel when I hear gunfire. It’s you,
Mr. Trump, just as if you pulled the trigger yourself."

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Treat Studios’ Holographic Swimming Whale Synergy

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:21:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/10/04/treat-studios-holographic-swimming-whale-synergy-arttuesday/>

"This short experimental piece of animation was was created using several
processes, all of which began off life inside the computer. With the help of
simple laser cutting, an iPad, a homemade motion rig and DSLR Danny and Alex

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What makes a person boring?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:40:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.quora.com/What-makes-a-person-boring/answer/James-Sutherland-9

"Last week I purchased a particularly nice 24 piece set of pale blue plastic
Tupperware containers. It was financially reckless of me but they were in a 25%
discount sale. Also it IS summer, can I not let my hair down a bit?"

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The ‘Uberisation’ of work is driving people to co-operatives

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:41:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-uberisation-of-work-is-driving-people-to-co-operatives-65333>

"Co-operatives and mutuals can also be customer and community owned. These
organisations echo the increasing interest in social entrepreneurship and
corresponding business models that enable the pursuit of both social and

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Stupendous library cake

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:45:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2016/10/03/stupendous-library-cake.html

"A library that looks so delicious, you could just eat it. And you really can,
because it's a cake.  This amazing cake was created by Kathy Knaus. (via Crazy
Abalone)"

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Cat Walks Into University Lecture, Does What Every Student Would Do

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:46:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/cat-sleeps-university-lecture-malaysia/

"The cat cracked us up as the pictures show the feline all up with her spine
straight and ready to learn in the beginning of the class, but 30 minutes later
the boredom gets her and she falls for most profound sleep… And seriously, we

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Watch: Animated ‘Indiana Jones’ Movie ‘The Adventures of Indiana Jones’ From Patrick Schoenmaker

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:05:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slashfilm.com/animated-indiana-jones-movie-patrick-schoenmaker/>

"Artist Patrick Schoenmaker has spent the last five years creating an
animated Indiana Jones movie which was finally released online. The
passion project comes in the form of a 1 minute and 40 second short film

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Blame BP for Deepwater Horizon. But Direct Your Outrage to the Actual Mistake.

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:06:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/09/bp_is_to_blame_for_deepwater_horizon_but_its_mistake_was_actually_years.html>

This new social science of disaster helps explain why the people involved
never seem to see the accident coming. The people working in these cultures
don’t think they are being reckless; they don’t recognize all the ways

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The growing indigenous spiritual movement that could save the planet

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:07:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://thinkprogress.org/indigenous-spiritual-movement-8f873348a2f5

"Masses of indigenous people and their allies descended on camps along
Cannonball River this year to decry the construction of the Dakota
Access pipeline, a series of 30-inch diameter underground pipes that, if

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Istanbul’s Most Famous Cat Honored With Its Own Statue At Its Favorite Spot

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:08:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/laid-back-cat-statue-tombili-istanbul/

"All cats are remembered by their owners, but few cats are remembered by
the world. Everybody will remember the late and great Tombili however,
because the famously laid-back feline just got immortalized with its

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'Great Pacific garbage patch' far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:23:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/04/great-pacific-garbage-patch-ocean-plastic-trash>

"Giant collection of fishing nets, plastic containers and other
discarded items called a ‘ticking time bomb’ as large items crumble into
micro plastics"

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Chabuduo! Close enough ...

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:24:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://aeon.co/essays/what-chinese-corner-cutting-reveals-about-modernity>

"Your balcony fell off? Chabuduo. Vaccines are overheated? Chabuduo. How
China became the land of disastrous corner-cutting"

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Prosecutor Wants to Charge 14-Year-Old Girl with Sexual Exploitation for Taking PG-13 Pictures of Herself

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:25:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reason.com/blog/2016/10/04/prosecutor-wants-to-charge-14-year-old-g>

"When her parents found out she had sexted, they were horrified. When
they saw the actual pictures, they were confused."

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Ursula Le Guin Has Stopped Writing Fiction—but We Need Her More Than Ever

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:26:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thenation.com/article/ursula-le-guin-has-stopped-writing-fiction-but-we-need-her-more-than-ever/>

"The author on sexism, aging, and the radical possibilities of
imaginative story telling."

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Left-wing activists across the former USSR launch "September," to rally opposition to far-right movements

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:08:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2016/10/05/left-wing-activists-across-the.html

'September is a new website launched by left-wing groups in Ukraine,
Belarus, and other former Soviet states, devoted to finding common cause
among activists across the region (the name is a bit of an inside joke

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Woman sings like animals and makes awesome sound effects

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:09:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2016/10/05/woman-sings-like-animals-and-m.html

"In this entrancing video Olga Podluzhnaya Uutai from the Sakha
(Yakutia) Republic of Russia howls like a wold, warbles like a bird,
whinnies like a horse, chirps like a monkey, and plays a jaw harp.

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Toy Store Commercial Casually Tosses Gender Norms Aside, Is Great as a Result

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:10:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.themarysue.com/toy-store-commercial-yay/

"The holiday season is almost upon us—after we get all spooky for the
rest of the month—and that probably means we’ve got a lot of gendered
advertising coming our way, since we still live in a world of “boys'”

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How Libraries Save Lives

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:11:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/10/06/libraries-storycorps-bookmobile/>

"One woman’s story of how a bookmobile transported her away from a
deadly life and toward her human potential."

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How to avoid having a racist Halloween costume

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:19:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.dailydot.com/irl/offensive-racist-halloween-costume/

"We’re sure some misguided white soul will think it’ll be “fun” to dress up as
Beyoncé by wearing a leotard and painting their face brown, and we can’t wait
to drag the inevitable Snapchat photos that surface. But for everyone else who

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Comment: We have a political correctness crisis, but it's not the one you think

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:21:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.sbs.com.au/news/thefeed/article/2016/10/05/comment-we-have-political-correctness-crisis-its-not-one-you-think>

"There are certain popular assumptions and widely held opinions about
Australian life that you can’t openly question, writes Alex McKinnon. But
they're not the ones that make people bemoan political correctness."

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Sci-Chi: Tai Chi for science fiction fans

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:22:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2016/10/05/sci-chi-tai-chi-for-science-f.html

Author Sean Williams writes, "Last weekend I was MC of a small con in
Canberra, Conflux 12. To keep people limber, psychically as well as
physically, I devised a form Sci-fi form of Tai Chi, which GOH Alan Baxter

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My Shattered Istanbul

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:23:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/the-big-roundtable/my-shattered-istanbul-355be366bbd3

"Turkey is slipping away from my family, collapsing into the arms of a tyrant.
We thought she was ours. Maybe we were wrong."

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