Glass Wings Blog: August 2017

10,000 Hours With Claude Shannon: How A Genius Thinks, Works, and Lives

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 03:55:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/the-mission/10-000-hours-with-claude-shannon-12-lessons-on-life-and-learning-from-a-genius-e8b9297bee8f>

"We got up-close-and-personal with a genius for five years. Here are 12
things we learned."

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The Future Is Here: Electric Flying Car Takes a Successful Flight in Germany

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 04:01:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://themindunleashed.com/2017/07/flying-car.html

"Remember those fascinating vehicles flying across futuristic cities in
sci-fi movies? We may soon see those in front of us as a German company
has successfully tested the prototype of an all-electric flying car!"

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Code Breakers: Women in Games exhibition

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 00:00:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.acmi.net.au/events/code-breakers/

"Celebrating the achievements of Australian and New Zealand women
working in video games"

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June Foray, R.I.P.

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 00:01:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.newsfromme.com/2017/07/26/june-foray-r-p/

"She was, of course, the premier female voice talent of her era. I don't
know who the runner-up was but whoever it was, she was in a distant
second in terms of hours logged voicing cartoons and commercials,

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Information Underload

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 21:58:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@holden/information-underload-22af099afac5

"We see this pattern again and again — companies coming along to tell us
that their platform will help us with the firehose of content. But the
big problem is not that it’s a firehose, but that it’s a firehose of

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I thought I wasn’t the “programmer type”

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 21:59:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://code.likeagirl.io/i-thought-i-wasnt-the-programmer-type-d4f7ee30cc36>

"For years, the prospect of programming for a living frightened me.
While some people stay away from the field due to insecurities about
their abilities, that wasn’t the case for me. I had studied Computer

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Your best pictures from the week 28/7/2017

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 21:42:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-28/abc-open-pic-of-the-week/8749806

Someone really likes dogs!

Via Thorfinn Hrolfsson.

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On the Perch Aviaries Kalaru NSW

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 21:44:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Last Saturday morning I went to On the Perch Aviaries in Kalaru NSW
which is a really excellent bird sanctuary with over 90 different
species, most of which you can interact with and hand-feed!
http://www.ontheperch.com.au/

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The world bodypainting festival 2017 – in pictures

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 22:12:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2017/jul/28/austrias-bodypainting-festival-in-pictures>

"In the small town of Klagenfurt, Austria, artists from around the world
have gathered to take part in the 20th world bodypainting festival and
competition. It runs from 28-30 July and also includes fashion shows,

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Pared-down electric experience: Driving one of the first Model 3s off the line

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 22:18:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/07/pared-down-electric-experience-driving-one-of-the-first-model-3s-off-the-line/>

"FREMONT, Calif.—On Friday at Tesla's factory, Ars got behind the wheel
of one of the first Tesla Model 3s off the factory line. It was a quick,
5-minute guided drive around the factory, but it gave a quick impression

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Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House

Sun, 6 Aug 2017 18:19:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/department-of-energy-risks-michael-lewis>

"Donald Trump’s secretary of energy, Rick Perry, once campaigned to
abolish the $30 billion agency that he now runs, which oversees
everything from our nuclear arsenal to the electrical grid. The

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Caravan Palace - Rock It For Me

Sun, 6 Aug 2017 18:20:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBGSJ3sbivI

Fun animated music video!  Via Marius Piedallu van Wyk.

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40+ Ideas to Inspire Your Project of Earth

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 19:46:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/kickstarter/40-ideas-to-inspire-your-project-of-earth-163bea818dbf>

"How would you explain the diversity of life and culture on Earth to
someone — or something — from a far-away planet?"

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Read tons and tons of amazing Golden/Silver age comic books for free

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 19:46:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/07/31/read-tons-and-tons-amazing-gol.html

"The Comic Book Plus site has an unbelievable trove of over 33,000
Golden Age and Silver Age comics books, scanned and ready to be read in
full. Once you get drawn into it, it's like you're a kid sitting on the

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7 functionalities the scholarly literature should have

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 19:44:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://bjoern.brembs.net/2017/08/7-functionalities-the-scholarly-literature-should-have/>

"I find it rather frustrating that some of the most basic
functionalities we have come to expect from virtually every digital
object are still excluded from scholarly articles, making the literature

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Welcome back to Wintergatan Wednesdays (and Mondays!)

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 19:45:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNqktpl5syk

"We are relaunching the Wintergatan Wednesdays with a three step
masterplan, Step one is to build the Marble Machine X, Step Two is to
record and release the Wintergatan double album and step three is to go

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Why Boys Don’t Have Many Female Role Models

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 21:17:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://melmagazine.com/why-boys-dont-have-many-female-role-models-c005665a6c93>

"News that the 13th Dr. Who would be played by — gasp! — a woman led to
a lot of hand-wringing, but took a more complicated turn when a former
male actor who played the role in the 1980s deemed the change a loss of

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Not for Wusses

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 21:18:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@muse_9093/not-for-wusses-a60baff0d352

"Marketing loves casting people into competitive positions: surely you
want to be a big alpha male with all the best stuff, surely you want to
be the thinnest most sexually attractive woman with all the best stuff."

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A History of Global Warming, In Just 35 Seconds

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:52:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.climatecentral.org/news/history-global-warming-animation-21670>

"A new video shows the rhythm of global warming for countries around the
world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Bars representing each country’s
annual average temperature anomaly pulse up and down. It's like watching

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Def Leppard Claims Music Piracy Is Bringing Younger Audiences To Its Concerts

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:53:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170803/09351837912/def-leppard-claims-music-piracy-is-bringing-younger-audiences-to-concerts.shtml>

"Campbell's stance is also not simply one-sided in the belief that
younger fans getting free music brings in the concert revenue. He also
believes these new, young fans make the bands music better."

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So, about this Googler’s manifesto.

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:47:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@yonatanzunger/so-about-this-googlers-manifesto-1e3773ed1788>

"You have probably heard about the manifesto a Googler (not someone
senior) published internally about, essentially, how women and men are
intrinsically different and we should stop trying to make it possible

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Rise of the machines

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:48:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/EhFvvSw6UKu

"If we want humans to have these jobs, rather than robots, then we have
to acknowledge that these are literally make-work jobs: people being put
into positions where everyone, including them, knows that the job could

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What Harajuku Girls Really Look Like

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:36:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WblNctc3ys0

"From Gothic Lolitas to Yoyogi Rockabillies, the Tokyo neighborhood of
Harajuku is a wellspring of some of the world's most unique and extreme
fashion trends. Rife with restaurants, shops, and cafes, it's a hangout

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People From 14 Countries Reveal the Most Annoying Things Foreigners Do When They Visit

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:37:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.thisisinsider.com/things-tourists-do-that-locals-hate-2017-7

"Tourists get a bad rap.  And while being a tourist can be great, it's
really all about respecting the culture you're exploring.
Unfortunately, not every tourist does that."

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The woman keeping track of ‘eroding norms’ in the Trump era

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:06:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thelily.com/the-woman-keeping-track-of-eroding-norms-in-the-trump-era-d4c912669f92>

Yes, a very important project.  Via Muse.

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"Guardians' Inferno" | Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:08:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MMMe1drnZY

"Dust off those far out platforms and enjoy this blast from the past!"

An affectionate style parody. Everyone seems to be having a lot of fun!

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Rescuing Cats From Super Tall Trees

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:24:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2HlZ9rdiHE

"As professional arborists, brothers-in-law Tom Otto and Shaun Sears are
quite adept at climbing trees. The cats that they rescue are not. And
with a plethora of trees—and cats—around Seattle, they decided to put

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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:30:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/08/unlearning-the-myth-of-american-innocence>

"When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul – and began to
realise that Americans will never understand their own country until
they see it as the rest of the world does"

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4 Things That Struck Me After Visiting Political Spaces in 14 US Cities

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:27:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/enspiral-tales/4-things-that-struck-me-after-visiting-political-spaces-in-14-us-cities-c1dceb1e8cb4>

"This trip was a huge experience. I’ve been digesting for two months and
still feel like I’m just getting started. I have a strong urge to share
some of my reflections, even the ones that are only half-digested."

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Short-term thinking keeps Australia stuck in crisis

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:28:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australia-crisis-of-leadership-nigel-lake-2017-8>

"No-one has built a successful economy by dragging a country back in
time. Significant, determined efforts must be made to adopt new
technologies, to invest in new economy businesses, and to position

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A love letter to a fatcaller

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:53:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@thefatshadow/a-love-letter-to-a-fatcaller-82d672a7871c>

"Of all the things strangers have shouted at me on the street, yours is
my favorite. But it was far from the first."

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100 Year Old Self-Playing Violin - "The Eighth Wonder Of the World"

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:53:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs0mP2cOmJs

"This amazing instrument is The Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina - an
Orchestrion with self-playing Violins, Enjoy!"

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Guiding Stars in Astronomy: Williamina Fleming

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:56:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/1Pnkfcz5jm2

"In celebration of the solar eclipse later this month, I am sharing
stories of amazing women in astronomy in my series of Guiding Stars in
Astronomy. Today's post shares the story of Scottish-American astronomer

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How a Portuguese-to-English Phrasebook Became a Cult Comedy Sensation

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:47:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-a-portuguese-to-english-phrasebook-became-a-cult-comedy-sensation>

"In the middle of the 19th century, a relatively unknown author named
Pedro Carolino rapidly gained intercontinental popularity over a small
Portuguese-to-English phrasebook. English as She Is Spoke (or O novo

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How can we stop algorithms telling lies?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:48:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/16/how-can-we-stop-algorithms-telling-lies>

"Algorithms can dictate whether you get a mortgage or how much you pay
for insurance. But sometimes they’re wrong – and sometimes they are
designed to deceive"

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Abbott's obstruction of gay marriage is a defence of privilege and the power of shame

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:50:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/09/abbotts-obstruction-of-gay-marriage-is-a-defence-of-privilege-and-the-power-of-shame-david-marr>

"If only Christians fought like this for refugees. Imagine if the
Coalition’s big men of faith threatened to tear down their own
government unless it brings home the wretches we’ve imprisoned in the

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Firefox fights back

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:21:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cnet.com/special-reports/mozilla-firefox-fights-back-against-google-chrome/>

"Inside Mozilla, CEO Chris Beard and his team are preparing to
outmaneuver Google’s Chrome browser. The battle begins in November, with
their release of Firefox 57."

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Facebook, Twitter Consistently Fail At Distinguishing Abuse From Calling Out Abuse

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:24:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170804/01373237923/facebook-twitter-consistently-fail-distinguishing-abuse-calling-out-abuse.shtml>

"Time and time again, we see that everyone who doesn't work in the field
of trust and safety for an internet platform seems to think that it's
somehow "easy" to filter out "bad" content and leave up "good" content.

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Australian Public Servants Warned Against Liking Social Media Posts That Are Critical Of Government Policies

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:27:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170808/01445037954/australian-public-servants-warned-against-liking-social-media-posts-that-are-critical-government-policies.shtml>

"The Internet effectively turns everyone into a publisher, able to
promulgate their ideas in a way that was not open to most people before.
That's great for the democratization of media -- and terrible for

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The Real Reason for Germany's Industrial Expansion?

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:18:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/no-copyright-law-the-real-reason-for-germany-s-industrial-expansion-a-710976.html>

"Did Germany experience rapid industrial expansion in the 19th century
due to an absence of copyright law? A German historian argues that the
massive proliferation of books, and thus knowledge, laid the foundation

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Baby boomers have 3.6 million spare rooms that could help fix the millennial housing crisis

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:20:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Baby-boomers-have-3-6-million-spare-rooms-that-11303210.php>

"If they decide to live together, this could present lucrative
opportunities for both age groups."

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This New Tire Has No Air And Is 3D Printed From Biodegradable Materials

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:21:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.fastcompany.com/40449277/this-new-tire-has-no-air-and-is-3d-printed-from-biodegradable-materials>

"The VISION, a new tire-wheel combination from Michelin, means the clean
car of the future can have clean tires, as well."

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Salt Lake's Dem Mayor Goes Undercover As A Homeless Man For Three Days. Pledges Vital Assistance.

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:05:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/7/1687635/-Salt-Lake-City-s-Dem-Mayor-Goes-Undercover-As-A-Homeless-Man-For-Three-Days-And-Pledges-Assistance>

"Last March, Democratic Mayor Ben McAdams put into play something he
long felt compelled to do. Due to a state law, he had to select possible
sites for three new homeless centers/shelters. Two for men and one for

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Alaskan towns at risk from rising seas sound alarm as Trump pulls federal help

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:06:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/10/alaska-coastal-towns-sea-level-rise-climate-change>

"Communities in danger of falling into the sea say assistance from
Washington has dried up: ‘It feels like a complete abdication of
responsibility on climate change’"

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Cordelia’s Portion: Of Family and Politics

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:08:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@muse_9093/cordelias-portion-of-family-and-politics-4635ed08f90d>

"When things are going disastrously wrong it is always much easier to
find someone or something who represents what is felt to be the problem
and make a grand public sacrifice in hopes of turning fate. This is the

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Breathtaking bamboo building withstands earthquakes and boasts a zero-carbon footprint

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:35:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://inhabitat.com/breathtaking-bamboo-building-withstands-earthquakes-and-boasts-a-zero-carbon-footprint/>

"Thailand’s eco-friendly Panyaden International School has added a
stunning new sports hall to its campus that’s built entirely of bamboo
and stays naturally cool year-round in Chiang Mai, Thailand."

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Report Shows CBP Officers Rarely Punished For Abusive Actions

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:36:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170805/11555437934/report-shows-cbp-officers-rarely-punished-abusive-actions.shtml>

"The most common complaint was physical abuse, occurring in nearly 40%
of the studied cases with excessive force following close behind with
38% of reports. This should be expected, as the CBP is a law enforcement

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'Legendary Insult Comic' Jabba the Hutt teaches a MasterClass on comedy

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:38:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/08/10/legendary-insult-comic-jab.html

"If you're on Facebook, no doubt you've seen celebrities peddling their
MasterClass online courses. If you're not familiar, for 90 bucks you get
lifetime access to a course where masters teach their craft."

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Ancien and the Magic Tablet - "Daydream Believer" Trailer

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:56:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_dsb22dwbI

"Acclaimed director Kenji Kamiyama is back with a new feature length
anime called Ancien and the Magic Tablet (Hirune Hime: Shiranai
Watashi no Monogatari
 - the working title was Napping Princess: The

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What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:57:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-08-10-what-happened-to-google-s-effort-to-scan-millions-of-university-library-books>

"It was a crazy idea: Take the bulk of the world’s books, scan them, and
create a monumental digital library for all to access. That’s what
Google dreamed of doing when it embarked on its ambitious

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Nice Guys Finish First

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:59:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/the-mission/nice-guys-finish-first-3373f2a955d2

"Nations only exist because we say they exist. They’re collective
fictions. If we tell our children a different story, a story about the
universality of mankind, then that is the reality that we will create.

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Accuratizing Software Estimation

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:07:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/pointer-io/accuratizing-software-estimation-cf81a9e9fd87>

"One of the most difficult things for modern software companies to deal
with, besides cleaning up after dog accidents in hip, pet-friendly
offices, is predicting the cost and implementation time for products

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If I Ran a Newspaper….

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:08:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/whither-news/if-i-ran-a-newspaper-220a065d2232

"A wise editor I know described his newspaper’s situation this way: “We
have two houses. One is on fire and the other isn’t built yet. So our
problem is that we have to fight the flames in the old house at the same

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The Power of Compassion

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:11:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/power-compassion

"Why humpback whales rescue seals and why volunteering for beach
cleanups improves your health."

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KINETIC | John Buck

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 21:42:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://vimeo.com/220983150

I do love kinetic sculpture.  Via Adafruit Industries.

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Charlottesville: Stand with Your Family

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 21:43:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@muse_9093/charlottesville-stand-with-your-family-96815f477a73>

"I learned to be open to finding beautiful people in all sorts of
socially unexpected places. I quickly knew that you can only ever judge
a person by their actions. Everything else is peripheral and usually

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Stefan Karl's Year of Healing

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 22:47:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.gofundme.com/2tm9tqk?viewupdates=1

"Let me tell you a little story.  During my travels around the US and
North America with the Musical How The Grinch Stole Christmas, I got
to meet children with cancer in almost every city we visited, more

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Finding Your Way in the World: Kiki’s Delivery Service and Whisper of the Heart

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 22:53:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.tor.com/2017/08/16/studio-ghibli-kikis-delivery-service-and-whisper-of-the-heart-perfect-paired-coming-of-age-films/>

"Studio Ghibli is known for making coming-of-age films, and for films
with complex female characters, but there are two in particular, made 6
years apart, exemplify these traits better than any of their other work."

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We Don’t Need An Economy (srsly)

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 22:55:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@muse_9093/we-dont-need-an-economy-srsly-70354740b262

"We need universal social security as outlined in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. We need democratic, equitable, and
sustainable distribution of goods and services."

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Japanese Paper Toys With A Surprise

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 22:56:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/japanese-paper-toys-kamikara/

"The Japanese are known for their incredible origami, but Haruki
Nakamura creates paper art that most find even more entertaining. Born
in 1967, the designer changed his life at 27, when he picked up the

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Are You Culturally Appropriating Buddhism?

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 22:10:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theestablishment.co/are-you-culturally-appropriating-buddhism-2bf19297d27d>

"Asian cultural and religious practices are — with painful
frequency — stripped of their context and meaning."

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White Supremacy Is Bad for the Jews. Let’s Be Bad for White Supremacy.

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 22:11:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@jen.margulies/white-supremacy-is-bad-for-the-jews-lets-be-bad-for-white-supremacy-f8abf374353d>

"Sometime in the week after the most recent U.S. presidential election,
I tell my Chicana, non-Jewish partner that I wish we’d already taught
our kid about the Holocaust. She asks me when I’d learned, how old I’d

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Accidental history—remastering the campy teen horror game Congress famously hated

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 22:13:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/features/2017/08/night-traps-weird-path-from-congressional-crosshairs-to-2017-remastered-edition/>

"Controversial cult classic Night Trap gets a new turn in the
spotlight 25 years later."

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I, plural

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:38:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@colbay/i-plural-1191619a4612

"I’m in North Korea, two hours from its capital by car, at an ancient
Buddhist temple dating back to the 11th century."

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Hush, Hush Sweet Charlottesville

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:40:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
*The White People Who Need “Proof of Racism”*
<https://medium.com/@SonofBaldwin/the-white-people-who-need-proof-of-racism-b59cb342c096>

"I will never again fall for the Show-Me-Proof-of-Racism gotcha-request
that many white people resort to whenever a black person or another

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Three pregnant refugees and nearly 50 others denied medical transfers from Nauru

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:41:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/21/three-pregnant-refugees-and-nearly-50-others-denied-medical-transfers-from-nauru>

"Nearly 50 refugees and asylum seekers held on Nauru – including at
least three women seeking to terminate a pregnancy – are being refused,
or not considered for, overseas medical treatment, in defiance of

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Mistrust, Efficacy and the New Civics — a whitepaper for the Knight Foundation

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 04:05:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@EthanZ/mistrust-efficacy-and-the-new-civics-a-whitepaper-for-the-knight-foundation-7107de874250>

"Because mistrust is broad-based, press-centric solutions to mistrust
are likely to fail. This is a broad civic problem, not a problem of fake
news, of fact checking or of listening more to our readers. The shape of

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Intricately layered laser-cut plywood sculptures

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 04:05:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/08/21/intricately-layered-laser-cut.html

"These amazing plywood art pieces are created in a small work area by
Gabriel Schama and his laser cutter Elsie. His work really took off
after a successful Kickstarter a few years ago."

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Soul Snatchers: How the NYPD’s 42nd Precinct, the Bronx DA’s Office, and the City of New York Conspired to Destroy Black and Brown Lives (Part 1)

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:28:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@ShaunKing/soul-snatchers-how-the-nypds-42nd-precinct-the-bronx-da-s-office-and-the-city-of-new-york-7454a5a43924>

"What I’m about to tell you is the most painful, traumatic, outrageous,
outlandish, over-the-top story of government sanctioned police
brutality, wrongful imprisonment, wrongful convictions, forced

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CELEBRATE STUDIO GHIBLI!

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:29:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://thebirdking.blogspot.com.au/2017/08/celebrate-studio-ghibli.html

"As part of the month-long Celebrate Studio Ghibli, I've been invited to
create a special poster for the event by both Madman Entertainment (the
Australian distributor with whom I worked on The Lost Thing) and Studio

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We’re rewiring the Internet for freedom.

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 23:32:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@dgrobinson/were-rewiring-the-internet-for-freedom-f1ec9a43785d>

"For the last two years, a team of engineers and researchers has quietly
been working to develop new technology for Internet freedom. Today, we
are pleased to share results from the first large-scale field trial of

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Can Humane Prisons Work in America? A Red State Aims to Find Out

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 23:33:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/mother-jones/can-humane-prisons-work-in-america-a-red-state-aims-to-find-out-a22968247c7c>

"Scandinavian prisons tend to elicit eye rolls from law-and-order types
weaned on the punitive American model. Yet a growing number of state
corrections officials are coming to the realization that our approach is

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For Want of a Dollar

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:16:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.scottsantens.com/for-want-of-a-dollar-basic-income

"Not having a single dollar can lead to hugely expensive consequences,
and this isn't only a theoretical. It happens every day. Think about a
recent time where not having enough money to afford something seemingly

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Hello in Elephant, A Wonderful Online Tool That Translates Human Speech Into Elephant Language

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:17:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://laughingsquid.com/translating-human-speech-into-elephant-language/>

"Hello In Elephant is a really wonderful project by the David Sheldrick
Wildlife Trust that seeks to connect humans with elephants by way of an
online tool that translates simple human speech into a language that

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