Glass Wings Blog: December 2016

Deep Learning is Revolutionary

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:57:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/transmission-newsletter/deep-learning-is-revolutionary-d0f3667bafa0

"10 reasons why deep learning is living up to the hype"

Some very impressive work here.

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The war on boats: Let’s bring facts to national conversation

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:59:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/the-war-on-boats-let-s-bring-facts-to-national-conversation

"In this extended essay for Pursuit, Erika Feller, a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow
at the University of Melbourne and a former UN Assistant High Commissioner for
Refugees, writes that Australia’s refugee debate is deliberately or otherwise

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Reclaiming My Power From White Women

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:01:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@sarahailemariam/reclaiming-my-power-from-white-women-be847f2fe911

"Love is listening. Love is accepting, holding space, and maintaining your own
boundaries. Love is caring for yourself. Love is choosing honesty and healing,
compassion and empathy. Love is giving to yourself the acceptance you’ve been

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14 Fascinating Color Photographs of Germany in the Late 19th Century

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:02:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.vintag.es/2016/11/14-fascinating-color-photographs-of.html

"All of these amazing color photographs of Germany were originally made by the
Photochrom process, a method of transferring black and white photographic
negatives to lithographic and chromographic printing stones which was popular

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Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:44:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.splcenter.org/20150126/speak-responding-everyday-bigotry

"The Southern Poverty Law Center gathered hundreds of stories of
everyday bigotry from people across the United States. They told their
stories through e-mail, personal interviews and at roundtable

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A New Home for Homeless Christians

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:46:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.redletterchristians.org/a-new-home-for-homeless-christians/

"Trying to mix Christianity with a political party can be sort of like
mixing ice cream with horse manure. It might not harm the manure, but it
sure messes up the ice cream."

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Canadian province to give every citizen $1,320 income boost to overcome poverty

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:47:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/canadian-province-to-give-every-citizen-1320-income-boost-to-overcome-poverty-a7411281.html>

"One in five children live in poverty in Canada, according to Unicef,
and a recent poll found two-thirds of Canadians open to the idea of
basic income"

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Photographer Tracks Down People He Snapped In His Hometown Almost 40 Years Ago To Recreate The Remarkable Images

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:48:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://designyoutrust.com/2016/11/photographer-tracks-down-people-he-snapped-in-his-hometown-almost-40-years-ago-to-recreate-the-remarkable-images/>

"Paramedic Chris Porsz spent hours walking around the city of
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Great Britain) in the late 1970s and 80s,
taking candid shots of punks and policemen, siblings and sweethearts,

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Great Problems: An Epidemic of Rent-seeking

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 07:12:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://devinhelton.com/2013/04/14/rent-seeking-economy/

In a healthy society, people acquire wealth by making stuff people want.
Yeoman farmers till plots to provide for their nutritional wants. Laborers
assemble motorcycles for consumers who pay money because they find the motor

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Forty-Five: A Republic, if you can keep it

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:15:43 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reddit.com/r/dredmorbius/comments/5c88gg/fortyfive_a_republic_if_you_can_keep_it/>

"If we're going to solve hard, complex, and fractious problems, a functional
polity is necessary. And this doesn't look like one."

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Turning on, Booting up, and Jacking into Neuromancer

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:17:46 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.filfre.net/2016/11/turning-on-booting-up-and-jacking-into-neuromancer/

"When a novel becomes notably successful, Hollywood generally comes calling to
secure the film rights. Many an author naively assumes that the acquisition of
films rights means an actual film will get made, and in fairly short order at

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Hayao Miyazaki Ends Retirement to Direct a New Feature-Length Animation

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:19:59 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thefilmstage.com/news/hayao-miyazaki-ends-retirement-to-direct-another-feature-length-animation/>

"What was thought to be his swan song, 2013’s The Wind Rises, was the perfect
send-off for director Hayao Miyazaki: a stunningly detailed, bold, haunting,
and personal animation that we named one of the best of the century thus far.

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Self-Driving Cars Are Too Good at 3-Point Turns, So Google Dumbed Them Down

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:22:10 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a23884/self-driving-cars-3-point-turns/

"Teaching cars to drive themselves is only half the battle. The other half is
teaching them to drive in a way that doesn't scare the hell out of their human
occupants."

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Mischievous Kitten Plays With the Feathers of a Peacock in Full Plumage Display

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:59:05 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/mischievous-kitten-plays-with-the-feathers-of-a-peacock-in-full-plumage-display/>

"A mischievous little orange kitten plays with the gorgeous feathers of a
peacock named Henry while he is in full plumage display. According to their
human, Malinda Coltura, the two animals are “best friends”."

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After Elections, Strangers Left Messages On New York’s Subway Walls To Remind Us All That We Will Be Okay

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:02:31 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.boredpanda.com/after-elections-strangers-left-messages-on-new-york-subway-walls-to-reminds-us-all-that-it-will-be-okay/>

"Artist Matthew “Levee” Chavez runs Subway Therapy below the streets of New
York City. He usually sets up shop underground with a table and two chairs —
one for him, and another for any stranger to sit down and chat about whatever’s

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Toto, I Don't Think We're In The Public Domain Anymore

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:06:25 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161111/09370136022/toto-i-dont-think-were-public-domain-anymore.shtml>

"In brief: back in 2006, Warner Bros. sued vintage/nostalgia merchandise
company AVELA, which had obtained restored images from old promotional posters
for the films and was selling them for T-shirts and other products. Nobody

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We need to talk about the online radicalisation of young, white men

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:09:24 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/15/alt-right-manosphere-mainstream-politics-breitbart>

"With the appointment of Breitbart News’s chair to Trump’s staff we need to be
clear about the links between misogyny, racism and neofascism on alt-right
websites"

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George Takei: The Challenge Ahead Under President-Elect Trump

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:10:55 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/15/george-takei-the-challenge-ahead-under-president-elect-trump.html>

"The acclaimed ‘Star Trek’ actor and social activist writes about his own
experience in Japanese internment camps in the 1940s, and how there is a way
out of the darkness ahead."

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One Fish Two Fish, We Will Sue Fish: Seuss Lawyers Hop On Pop Art

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 01:31:15 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161114/09473036039/one-fish-two-fish-we-will-sue-fish-seuss-lawyers-hop-pop-art.shtml>

'A few weeks back, Ken "Popehat" White lit the famed Popehat Signal to seek pro
bono legal help for the creators of a new Kickstarter project called "Oh The
Places You'll Boldly Go" -- which was a parody mashup of Dr. Seuss and Star

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Shining a light on the entertainment industry’s mental health crisis

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 01:32:39 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
https://dailyreview.com.au/shining-light-entertainment-industrys-mental-health-crisis/52363/

"Anybody who works in Australia’s arts and entertainment industries knows that
rates of mental illness are worryingly high, but a report released last month
revealed just how extensive this crisis has become."

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“Sore winner” syndrome: Why are Donald Trump’s supporters still so angry? Abraham Lincoln understood

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 01:35:24 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.salon.com/2016/11/17/sore-winner-syndrome-why-are-donald-trumps-supporters-still-so-angry-abraham-lincoln-understood/>

"Sore winner" syndrome: "This is why they are so angry. It’s not enough for
them to win. Those who opposed Trump must stop opposing him."

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We are Number One but You are a Pirate but contain ponies

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 01:37:14 -0600

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

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

A fun remix by the always awesome Tridashie (Internet is Musical) in support
of the talented Stefán Karl Stefánsson from LazyTown:
https://www.gofundme.com/2tm9tqk

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The Good Guys

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 23:57:19 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/matter/the-good-guys-fb3eab25c4e3

"Growing up I thought I was as American as anyone. But can a country built on
winning ever value something as weak as equality?"

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A Call for Cooperation Against Fake News

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 23:59:25 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/whither-news/a-call-for-cooperation-against-fake-news-d7d94bb6e0d4

"We — John Borthwick and Jeff Jarvis — want to offer constructive suggestions
for what the platforms — Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, Snapchat,
WeChat, Apple News, and others — as well as publishers and users can do now and

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Against Bargaining

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:01:25 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
http://thebaffler.com/blog/against-bargaining-penny

"What does it mean to be mentally healthy in a world gone mad? Sirens are
blaring, lights are flashing, and we have been whisked out of the territory of
metaphor onto the hard ground of fact. The rise to power and election of Donald

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Fairytale Portraits Of Redheads With A Red Fox By Uzbek Photographer

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:03:07 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/redhead-fox-photography-alexandra-bochkareva/

"Photographer Alexandra Bochkareva loves working with redheaded models.
However, series Autumn and Winter had double the pleasure because there were
two red-haired beauties in front of her manual Helios 77m-4 lens – Polina or

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Healing the divide

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 03:20:15 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
https://mosaicscience.com/story/healing-divide-israel-palestine-peace

"Every day, hundreds of Israeli volunteers drive ill Palestinians from the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip to hospitals in Israel. Shaul Adar joins them on the
road and learns why they see their neighbourly help as a step on the journey to

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Sweden is paying people to fix their belongings instead of throwing them away

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 03:22:31 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/10/sweden-is-tackling-its-throwaway-culture-with-tax-breaks-on-repairs-will-it-work/>

"To combat its ‘throwaway consumer culture’, Sweden has announced tax breaks on
repairs to clothes, bicycles, fridges and washing machines. On bikes and
clothes, VAT has been reduced from 25% to 12% and on white goods consumers can

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Looking for health advice? Don’t consult health magazines, try Dolly

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 03:24:49 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
https://theconversation.com/looking-for-health-advice-dont-consult-health-magazines-try-dolly-63823

"There among the fashion, gossip and diets, you come across some health advice
or perhaps a Dear Doctor column. Maybe you consider using one of the products
discussed. It all seems harmless enough. But how often do you stop to consider

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New Coastal Books for Curious Kids

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 03:28:11 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-long/new-coastal-books-curious-kids

"With the hectic holiday season on the horizon, what better way to relax with
the children in your life than sharing a coastal-themed book? From the flyways
of migrating birds to the sinkholes of the seabed, this season’s selections

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Growing, Growing, Gone: Reaching the Limits – An interview with Dennis Meadows

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:26:13 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<http://churchandstate.org.uk/2015/11/growing-growing-gone-reaching-the-limits-an-interview-with-dennis-meadows/>

"The economics profession is based on the assumption that continual growth is
possible and desirable. Likewise, most politicians have a predisposition for
growth because it makes the problems they address—unemployment, poverty,

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Prejudice, “Political Correctness,” and the Normalization of Donald Trump

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:28:15 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@juliaserano/prejudice-political-correctness-and-the-normalization-of-donald-trump-28c563154e48>

"Over the last few years, commentators from across the political spectrum have
penned article after article warning us about the latest rise of “political
correctness” gone too far."

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Watch this delightful handmade 3-minute marble run

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:29:50 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2016/11/22/watch-this-delightful-handmade.html

"YouTuber Murmiland, aka Ortwin Grüttner, created this one-of-a-kind
rafting-themed marble run that takes nearly 3 minutes from start to finish.
Follow one yellow marble in a sea of green glass marbles as they cascade down

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An American story

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:31:29 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+RuggerDucky/posts/8WN8kYrnQgP

"One of my great-grandfathers came here a little later than the others, in
1912. He was a violin and cello maker, and first opened shop in San Francisco.
After WWI, he moved to Seattle and opened a new shop, then eventually settled

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In the Developing World, Solar Is Cheaper than Fossil Fuels

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:24:25 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/426718/in-the-developing-world-solar-is-cheaper-than-fossil-fuels/

"Advances are opening solar to the 1.3 billion people who don’t have access to
grid electricity."

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Can't stop the feeling "dutch angel dragons"

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:26:09 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nJvWKnBaDI

"This is my first time doing anything like the project but thanks to everyone
this video was made possible."

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Trump fools the New York Times on climate change

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:27:41 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
https://thinkprogress.org/trump-fools-the-new-york-times-on-climate-change-180323fa5980

"Memo to media: Ignore what Trump says, focus on what he does and who he
appoints."

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Inside OK Go's Latest Record-Breaking Music-Video Marvel

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:29:31 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/inside-ok-gos-latest-record-breaking-music-video-marvel-w452114>

"Singer-guitarist Damian Kulash on how band fashioned new "The One Moment" clip
from just 4.2 seconds of footage"

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Botswana’s national park struggling to support elephant refugees

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:31:52 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
http://cctv-africa.com/2016/11/24/botswanas-national-park-struggling-to-support-elephant-refugees/

"Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, is struggling to support high
numbers of animals fleeing from poaching in other countries, according to a
report by the national geographic."

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C64 game musician Rob Hubbard recognized with honorary degree

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:12:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/285705/C64_game_musician_Rob_Hubbard_recognized_with_honorary_degree.php>

"The fact that Hubbard is being awarded an honorary doctorate of music
is a bit of a big deal because, as the BBC reports, the honor is being
conferred based on his lifetime of work as a video game composer and

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Harassed, afraid, a North Country immigrant fights back with love

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:14:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/32951/20161117/harassed-afraid-a-north-country-immigrant-fights-back-with-love>

"Tenzin Dorjee did everything he was supposed to do and more. He became
naturalized as a U.S. citizen six years ago. He co-owns the Himalaya
Restaurant in Plattsburgh, which now has a second location. Each year,

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Peter Dutton’s revisionist rhetoric is dangerous

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:16:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-editorial/peter-duttons-revisionist-rhetoric-is-dangerous-20161124-gswv0o.html>

'Peter Dutton has sought to rewrite history in a disgraceful appeal to
prejudice. In broad strokes, he set out to besmirch the legacy of
migration to Australia during the Fraser years, by claiming "the reality

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What if jobs are not the solution but the problem?

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:18:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://aeon.co/essays/what-if-jobs-are-not-the-solution-but-the-problem

"Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds
character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?"

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I Create Guardians Of The Forest Inspired By Miyazaki

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 04:19:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/the-arbori-keepers-of-the-forest/

"I am Emily Coleman, the creator of the Arbori. The Arbori are fantastic
creatures of all shapes and sizes that blend in with the various
landscapes of the planet."

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The Beauty of Uncertainty: How Heisenberg Invented Quantum Mechanics, Told in Jazz

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:18:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/06/08/lori-henriques-heisenbergs-aha/

"Quantum mechanics and the combinatorial nature of creativity, set to song."

Great fun!  Via MrsA Wiggins and Kimberly Chapman.

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How I Detect Fake News

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:20:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@timoreilly/how-i-detect-fake-news-ebe455d9d4a7

"How I traced the falsity of one internet meme, and what that teaches us about
how an algorithm might do it"

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Bernie Sanders meets Spike Lee: ‘Where do we go? Where is the hope?’

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:21:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/nov/26/bernie-sanders-spike-lee-conversation-donald-trump-us-politics>

"The senator and the film-maker discuss Trump, where Clinton went wrong – and
how to make a difference in 2017"

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Sleep in a bookshelf at the new bookstore-themed hostel in Kyoto

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:23:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/11/28/sleep-in-a-bookshelf-at-the-new-bookstore-themed-hostel-in-kyoto/>

"This brand new space has 5,000 books for guests to read, a special bar stocked
with local beers, and bunks inside the shelves to sleep in."

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Cat abandoned in old age finds loving home — and amazing bucket-list adventure

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:41:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.today.com/kindness/cat-abandoned-old-age-finds-home-bucket-list-adventure-t105229

"Tigger the cat just celebrated his 22nd birthday wearing a dapper bow tie and
festive hat — and sharing a three-meat cake with a feline brother named
Stuart."

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Not asking for it

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:51:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.theage.com.au/interactive/2016/not-asking-for-it/index.html

"It’s just ‘part of the job’. Being leered at, propositioned, cornered or
groped by customers is a normal part of a shift for many workers. The customer
is always right. Wrong."

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I Tried to Power Three Electric Vehicles With Solar Panels

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:52:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/hybrid-electric/a24009/power-three-electric-vehicles-with-solar-panels/>

"Powering three modern electric vehicles with my home's solar array and an
extension cord. Can the sun be your endless fuel pump?"

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Australian government concedes evidence against asylum seeker was obtained by torture

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:54:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/26/australian-government-concedes-evidence-against-asylum-seeker-was-obtained-by-torture>

"Sayed Abdellatif is still held in detention in Sydney even though immigration
minister Peter Dutton was briefed 18 months ago that evidence used in Egypt to
convict him was discredited"

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The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:36:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nngroup.com/articles/computer-skill-levels/

"Across 33 rich countries, only 5% of the population has high computer-related
abilities, and only a third of people can complete medium-complexity tasks."

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Dive into the Incredible Worldbuilding of Studio Ghibli!

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:38:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.tor.com/2016/11/28/asher-isbrucker-explores-studio-ghiblis-immersive-worldbuilding/

"Photographer Asher Isbrucker recently posted a great exploration of Studio
Ghibli’s filmography called “The Immersive Realism of Studio Ghibli.” While
Ghibli’s films have become legendary because of their complex characters and

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Help Us Keep the Archive Free, Accessible, and Reader Private

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:39:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://blog.archive.org/2016/11/29/help-us-keep-the-archive-free-accessible-and-private/

"We are building the Internet Archive of Canada because, to quote our friends
at LOCKSS, “lots of copies keep stuff safe.” This project will cost millions."

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How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:41:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/29/world/americas/western-liberal-democracy.html

"Yascha Mounk is used to being the most pessimistic person in the room. Mr.
Mounk, a lecturer in government at Harvard, has spent the past few years
challenging one of the bedrock assumptions of Western politics: that once a

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Penny Floor

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:06:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://imgur.com/gallery/HBFQW

"About $130 in pennies, 10 bottles of elmer's glue, some grout I found
in my basement and some damn expensive epoxy (~$150), a tub of wood
filler because plywood is holey and pennies are small, and a few pieces

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Danish supermarket gives expired food another shelf life

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:07:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/toronto/programs/metromorning/we-food-supermarket-tackles-food-waste-1.3874035>

"Instead of throwing expired or blemished food in the garbage, a new
Danish supermarket is offering a tasty proposition for how to curb food
waste by giving leftover, unwanted food a second shelf life."

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Tragedy in storytelling

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:08:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+danielkoeker/posts/5omdaSFWBU5

"This is a good post. I've seen this said about tragedy, and I've seen
this said about conflict. They're idealized as crucial building blocks
in the storytelling formula, and while they have their place, it's very

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Why Russia Is Using the Internet to Undermine Western Democracy

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:09:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2016/12/why_russia_is_using_the_internet_to_undermine_western_democracy.html>

"Powerful Russians were terrified by the internet in 2011. Now they’ve
made sure we are, too."

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A People’s History of the Third Reich

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:42:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://thebaffler.com/blog/great-men-carpentier

"How Great Man theory allows us to abdicate collective responsibility"

Very important point.  Via Xenophrenia.

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Turkey Using US Border Agents' Harassment Of Canadian Journalist To Defend Jailing Over 100 Journalists

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:44:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161205/00381336187/turkey-using-us-border-agents-harassment-canadian-journalist-to-defend-jailing-over-100-journalists.shtml>

"Last week, we wrote about the atrocious treatment of famed Canadian
reporter Ed Ou by the US's Customs & Border Patrol agents. Ou was on his
way to document the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline and he was

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If Fantastic Beasts made by Studio Ghibli

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:45:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://twitter.com/kadeart/status/805776174802571264

By Kadeart "Full time fangirl and part time artist."

Cute!  Via Ray Radlein and Peter da Silva.

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Muslim-owned restaurant offers elderly and homeless free meals on Christmas Day so ‘no one eats alone’

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:47:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/turkish-restuarant-free-christmas-meals-elderly-sidcup-xmas-lunch-offers-a7456686.html>

"A Muslim-owned restaurant in London is offering a three-course meal to
homeless and elderly people on Christmas Day so that “no one eats alone”."

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How the Internet works: Submarine fiber, brains in jars, and coaxial cables

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 18:12:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/05/how-the-internet-works-submarine-cables-data-centres-last-mile/>

"A deep dive into Internet infrastructure, plus a rare visit to a subsea
cable landing site."

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This 'zero fuel' electric VW bus conversion features its own rooftop solar array

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 18:14:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/solar-electric-vw-bus-conversion.html

"When the classic style of a '73 VW bus is combined with an electric
vehicle conversion and an onboard photovoltaic array, you get an
eye-catching family-sized clean transport solution."

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Harry Potter Christmas Party Photo Blitz! Come See ALL THE THINGS!

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 18:15:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.epbot.com/2016/12/harry-potter-christmas-party-photo.html

"This is by no means complete, and the pictures are just cellphone
snaps, but I'll show you the main attractions, a little of the food, a
little of the decorations, and a lot of our awesome friends' costumes."

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CBS Sues Public Domain For Existing

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 18:16:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161205/09014436193/cbs-sues-public-domain-existing.shtml>

"Okay fine, CBS hasn't sued "the public domain" — but at this point I
suspect that's only because they haven't figured out how to do so."

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Faking a Mandate

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:10:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@michaelarnovitz/faking-a-mandate-a379c802e540

"The Republican Creation of a Majority That Does Not Exist"

The growth of political propaganda in the US.

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Guy Builds Giant Dragon Shaped Cardboard Cat House

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:11:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://geekologie.com/2016/12/guy-builds-giant-dragon-shaped-cardboard.php>

"This is the 'Cat Ark' (like Noah's Ark, but for a single cat) built by
Youtuber prefabcat for his cat, Dinni. That looks like a pretty sweet pad."

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How 'Just Metadata' Helped Ruin A Career Diplomat's Life

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:12:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161205/07431236192/how-just-metadata-helped-ruin-career-diplomats-life.shtml>

'"Just metadata" is actually a dangerous thing when left in the hands of
intelligence agencies. It's what turned State Department advisor Robin
Raphel's diplomatic work with Pakistani officials into a severely

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Putting American climate denial to good use

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:14:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/putting-american-climate-denial-to-good-use-20161201-gt1ns2>

"Stripped of political persiflage, the Trump position – as articulated
by Priebus and the growing gang of climate deniers appointed to hold
office under Trump – is that tens of millions of humans must die to

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Queensland still opposes handing over Aborigines' unpaid wages

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:41:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/queensland-still-opposes-handing-over-aborigines-unpaid-wages-20161202-gt2pjm>

"Economic racism against Indigenous Australians hasn't yet been
consigned to history."

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You won’t believe this Rachnera Arachnera cosplay until you see it

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:43:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.geeknative.com/56620/wont-believe-rachnera-arachnera-cosplay-see/>

"I was certainly very surprised to learn that Marie-Claude Bourbonnais
made the entire costume herself. The entire, giant, multi-legged
costume. There’s a host of pictures to prove it."

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Portland proposes a special tax on companies where CEOs make 100X more than median employee

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:44:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2016/12/07/portland-proposes-a-special-ta.html

"Environmental lawyer-turned-Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick has
a cool use for the new SEC rules requiring companies to disclose
executive pay starting in 2017: he's going to impose special taxes on

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Joi Ito Explains Why Donald Trump Is Like the Sex Pistols

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:45:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://backchannel.com/joi-ito-explains-why-donald-trump-is-like-the-sex-pistols-943db42c9f47>

'The leader of MIT’s Media Lab on technological whiplash, nonviolent
resistance, and the risk of Silicon Valley “floating away.”'

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The Actress by Heather Sherman

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:09:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.threadcakes.com/entries/view/2029

"OMG! It's Rainbow Sparkle Unicorn! I Loved You In Fairy Dream Adventure
Part 7!"

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Researcher says furries, people who dress like animals, offer important support system

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:11:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/furry-furries-research-sharon-roberts-just-like-you-1.3885048>

"If your depressed teenage son came home and announced he had found a
group where he felt like he belonged and it made him happy, you'd likely
be very supportive."

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The right has its own version of political correctness. It’s just as stifling.

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:12:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/12/07/the-right-has-its-own-version-of-political-correctness-its-just-as-stifling/>

"Conservatives use “patriotic correctness” to regulate speech, behavior
and acceptable opinions."

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For #nerdy9th, I'm going to share my love of the TV series Japanology.

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:13:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+BrentNewhall/posts/4ggi9K78FU2

"The show's paced deliberately, never rushed, creating a calming effect.
It's easy to watch, and you learn while you're doing it."

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Eccentric Inventor Colin Furze Builds a Gigantic Star Wars AT-AT Walker Clubhouse

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:24:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://laughingsquid.com/eccentric-inventor-colin-furze-builds-a-gigantic-star-wars-at-act-walker-clubhouse/>

"Eccentric British inventor Colin Furze teamed up with eBay UK to create
a gigantic Star Wars AT-AT walker clubhouse for his back yard that
stands 18 feet high and looks like it charged straight out of Rogue One.

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1,000 True Fans

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:25:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/

"I rewrote my 1,000 True Fans essay. Now valid more than ever. (This
time the revision will stay up.)"

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Your Sense Of Safety Is A Lie

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:26:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/12/12/your-sense-of-safety-is-a-lie/

"Many of us may feel safe, despite the recent deluge of hate rhetoric
unleashed during the 2016 American presidential election. Perhaps a
privileged status seems synonymous with protection—from

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Eleven Tweets

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:27:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2016/12/eleven-tweets.html

"Normally, I use my blog as a soap-box for spouting complex opinions.
Twitter, with its 140 character limit, is very constrained: it's almost
impossible to express long, nuanced opinions. But sometimes it's

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May 1, 1969: Fred Rogers testifies before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:24:59 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKy7ljRr0AA

"On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers, host of the (then) recently nationally
syndicated children's television series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
(named Misterogers' Neighborhood at the time), testified before the

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Broken Men in Paradise

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:25:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/opinion/sunday/australia-refugee-prisons-manus-island.html>

"The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty
than Australia’s island prisons."

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How Islam Can Fight the Patriarchy

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:28:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/11/opinion/how-islam-can-fight-the-patriarchy.html>

"ISTANBUL — On Nov. 17, members of Parliament from Turkey’s ruling
Justice and Development Party, or A.K.P., proposed a bill that seemed
bizarre, even in the context of Turkey, where every week seems to bring

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A Student Has Created A Gripping And NSFW Photo Series With Trump’s Quotes About Women

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:29:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
WARNING: This post contains graphic content.

"A very NSFW photo series featuring quotes President-elect Donald Trump
has said about women has gone viral on Tumblr this week."

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We Should Be Meaner to Racists

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 13:58:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://extranewsfeed.com/we-should-be-meaner-to-racists-f34973e46a0f

"Most people want to be seen as a good person more than they want to
actually do the work of being a good person."

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Have we been talking about climate change all wrong?

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 13:59:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://thinkprogress.org/conservative-nostalgia-action-26749903c352

"Look back, not forward, to connect with conservatives on climate, new
study suggests."

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China's Richest Man Tells MPAA's Chris Dodd To Tell Donald Trump To Be Nice To China... Or Else

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 14:00:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161213/23573436269/chinas-richest-man-tells-mpaas-chris-dodd-to-tell-donald-trump-to-be-nice-to-china-else.shtml>

"I really have no idea what to make of this fairly odd story. The
richest man in China, Wang Jianlin, has apparently deputized MPAA boss
Chris Dodd as his messenger to Donald Trump on the issue of China."

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The case for despair is made. Now let’s start to get out of the mess we’re in

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 14:01:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/13/despair-mess-commons-transform-society>

"There is no going back, no comfort in old certainties. But reviving
common ownership is one possible route to social transformation"

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Why I have been unemployed for two years

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:48:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-i-have-been-unemployed-two-years-tom-johnston>

"I have been unemployed for two years. Not two weeks, but two years.
Would you hire me? Let's be real for a second. No, you wouldn't and if
you would, prove it. It's ok. I'm used to it by now."

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The existential crisis of peak car ownership

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:49:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/lightspeed-venture-partners/the-existential-crisis-of-peak-car-ownership-666b85cc716e>

"The Rocky Mountain Institute just published an insightful deep dive
into the economics of self-driving cars, entitled Peak Car Ownership. It
presents granular data on the drivers of the shift to autonomy in a way

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Open sourcing our Android and iOS apps!

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:50:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://kickstarter.engineering/open-sourcing-our-android-and-ios-apps-6891be909fcd>

"Today the Kickstarter engineering team is open sourcing our Android and
iOS apps, and we’re excited about a future of working in the open."

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Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:51:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nature.com/news/three-minutes-with-hans-rosling-will-change-your-mind-about-the-world-1.21143>

"He has influenced leaders from Melinda Gates to Fidel Castro. Now, he
is on a mission to save people from their preconceived ideas."

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Lalah the cat is a master of the climbing wall

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:45:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2016/12/14/lalah-the-cat.html

"Lalah lives at the Boulbaka Bouldering Gym in Naha, Okinawa, Japan."

Clever cat taught herself indoor rock climbing.  (Note: there are crash

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The dark history of how false balance journalism enabled lynching

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:46:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thinkprogress.org/the-dark-history-of-how-false-balance-journalism-enabled-lynching-284f2291b4a1>

"Racist mobs murdered African Americans with bullets, nooses, and
knives. Innocent people were mutilated, strung up, and roasted alive. In
the late 1800s, when these killings reached their peak, more than a

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Do You Have Examples Of Constructive Responses To Hateful/Abusive/Trollish Speech Online?

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:47:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161213/22383436267/do-you-have-examples-constructive-responses-to-hateful-abusive-trollish-speech-online.shtml>

"Do you have examples of communities or individuals coming up with
unique, creative or innovative ways to respond to hateful, abusive or
trollish speech? Please let us know in the comments as we're trying to

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Photographers And Filmmakers Call For Encryption To Be Built Into Cameras As Standard

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:48:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161214/08444836274/photographers-filmmakers-call-encryption-to-be-built-into-cameras-as-standard.shtml>

"Encryption has become one of the key issues in the digital world today,
as the many posts here on Techdirt attest. And not just in the tech
world, but far beyond, too, as governments grapple with the spread of

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'People hope my book will be China's Star Wars': Liu Cixin on China's exploding sci-fi scene

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 17:03:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/14/liu-cixin-chinese-sci-fi-universal-the-three-body-problem>

"The author of The Three-Body Problem explains how science fiction
emerged from the Cultural Revolution’s shadow, with the potential to
speak across cultures"

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When horses are in trouble they ask humans for help

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 17:04:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/ku-wha121516.php

"Research Fellow Monamie RINGHOFER and Associate Professor Shinya
YAMAMOTO (Kobe University Graduate School of Intercultural Studies) have
proved that when horses face unsolvable problems they use visual and

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Truth is a lost game in Turkey. Don’t let the same thing happen to you

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 17:05:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/15/truth-lost-game-turkey-europe-america-facts-values>

"We in Turkey found, as you in Europe and the US are now finding, that
the new truth-building process does not require facts. But we learned it
too late"

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Fighting Misogyny In The Gay Community

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 17:09:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhqio2YyjEE
https://plus.google.com/+KimberlyChapman/posts/iqzeRoDyAxi

Don't read the (terrible as usual) YouTube comments.  I'm also
disheartened by the preponderance of downvotes.  It seems to be a nasty

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There is No Such Thing as Irrational Jealousy

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:32:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@emmalindsay/there-is-no-such-thing-as-irrational-jealousy-75c5a7e9da3b>

"Don’t let anyone talk you out of your emotions"

A moving and thoughtful article on dealing with "irrational" emotions.

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‘It Makes You Human Again’

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:33:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/what-works-albuquerque-homeless-solution-housing-policy-214527>

"How Albuquerque figured out how to really help its homeless population.
And save money in the process."

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5 Absurdly Brutal Ways America Still Abuses Native People

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:34:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cracked.com/article_24500_5-ways-native-americans-get-abused-daily-in-modern-america.html>

"Clearly, the biggest mistake Native Americans and Alaskans ever made
was saving white people's asses from dying of starvation in the middle
of their cornfields."

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ENORMOUS TOTORO soft toy

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:35:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.etsy.com/listing/94745601/enormous-totoro-soft-toy

"Totoro really big soft toy, with long hair and all the details. It´ll
be a very good friend and a cute comfortable pillow."

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Solar Power Helps Raise Income Levels In Kenya

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:05:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://solarlove.org/solar-power-helps-raise-income-levels-kenya/

"Solar powered lights are changing the way people do business in Kenya.
In the town of Embu, which is located in central Kenya northeast of
Nairobi, Violet Karimi is a farmer who can now take advantage of the

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Eight Science Fiction Questions from Quora

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:06:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://davidbrin.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/science-fiction-questions-from-quora/>

"The fundamental premise of science fiction – in my opinion – is that
children can learn from the mistakes of their parents. Not that they
will! But this means tragedies and mistakes and pitfalls happen because

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Obama uses 1953 law to block Arctic drilling under Trump

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:07:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/20/obama-uses-1953-law-to-block-arctic-drilling-under-trump/>

"These actions, and Canada's parallel actions, protect a sensitive and
unique ecosystem that is unlike any other region on earth."

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How Stanford Built a Humanoid Submarine Robot to Explore a 17th-Century Shipwreck

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:08:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/stanford-humanoid-submarine-robot>

"Back in April, Stanford University professor Oussama Khatib led a team
of researchers on an underwater archaeological expedition, 30 kilometers
off the southern coast of France, to La Lune, King Louis XIV’s sunken

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One Man. One Cat. Multiplied

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:22:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2013/12/20/255537414/one-man-one-cat-multiplied>

"When you think about it, no one is ordinary. You could put a totally
bland cat-and-guy couple in front of a hundred people, ask them to look,
and each one would see a very different pair, different in a thousand

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7 cool little open source projects that stood out in 2016

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:22:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://opensource.com/16/12/yearbook-7-cool-little-projects

"We look at a few innovative open source projects that stood out in 2016."

Showcasing valuable work.  Via Greg Batmarx.

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Definitive data on what poor people buy when they’re just given cash

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:23:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://qz.com/853651/definitive-data-on-what-poor-people-buy-when-theyre-just-given-cash/>

"It is increasingly common for governments to give poor people money.
Rather than grant services or particular goods to those in poverty, such
as food or housing, governments have found that it is more effective and

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Christmas Special | Fully Charged

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:25:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyQUO8Rj3Uo

"A roundup, look back, and some mild, low level predictions but mostly a
big thank you for supporting and watching Fully Charged."

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Some Ideas About Kindness

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:50:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/personal-growth/some-ideas-about-kindness-a22a1cd9e1f2>

"You know what would be great? If we switched it up for once, put
kindness at the top of the totem pole, made it so the good guys actually
finished first, made it so the hero in the story was brave not because

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(Video) A Greek Couple That Lives Greek Hospitality Nightly By Opening Their Restaurant to Refugees

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:52:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.pappaspost.com/video-greek-couple-lives-greek-hospitality-nightly-opening-restaurant-refugees-every-night/>

"On the beach of Roditses on the island of Samos, there’s a restaurant
called Maria’s. It’s no ordinary restaurant, though— and you won’t find
many locals."

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Nintendo Opens Up New Front In War On Fans: ROM Mods

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:53:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161222/09424336328/nintendo-opens-up-new-front-war-fans-rom-mods.shtml>

"Let it never be forgotten that Nintendo hates you, Nintendo fans. The
gaming giant has a long and decorated history both of anti-consumer
practices, such as attempting to poison the roster of YouTuber game

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Wes Anderson's next film to be canine animation with Bill Murray and Yoko Ono

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:54:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/dec/21/wes-anderson-isle-of-dogs-bill-murray-yoko-ono>

"The director will shoot Isle of Dogs in England with a cast also
featuring Ed Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Jeff Goldblum and Tilda Swinton"

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