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The Glass Wings mailing list and blog is for general idle chit-chat about things we find interesting, especially humor, animation or other subjects relevant to the Glass Wings web site.

This Custom Pancake Printer Is an Engineering Marvel

Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:56:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/this-custom-pancake-printer-is-an-engineering-marvel>

"As demonstrated in the video above, the machine takes images designed on a
computer -- like a sailboat -- and prints them out as pancakes onto a griddle
with incredible precision. The genius device, which the students designed for

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Stan Grant's speech on racism and the Australian dream goes viral

Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:54:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jan/24/stan-grants-speech-on-racism-and-the-australian-dream-goes-viral>

"The veteran journalist and Wiradjuri man, Stan Grant, has told a Sydney
audience that racism is “at the heart of the Australian dream,” as he delivered
a sobering speech about the impact of colonisation and discrimination on

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The Internet of Things That Talk About You Behind Your Back

Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:53:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://motherboard.vice.com/en_ca/read/the-internet-of-things-that-talk-about-you-behind-your-back>

"SilverPush is an Indian startup that’s trying to figure out all the different
computing devices you own. It embeds inaudible sounds into the webpages you
read and the television commercials you watch."

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128,000 Dominoes Were Arranged In A Pattern. The Chain Reaction That Follows Is Mind Boggling

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:47:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.wimp.com/128000-dominoes-fall-world-record-guinness-wall-gym/

"In a world that has been consumed by digital forms of entertainment, it's good
to see that dominoes are still popular in some circles."

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The Gaeneviad

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:46:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://english.bouletcorp.com/2015/02/02/24-hours-comic-the-gaeneviad/

Another beautiful Boulet comic.  Via Yonatan Zunger.

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The other side of paradise

Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:44:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.economist.com/news/business/21688390-glamorous-tech-startups-can-be-brutal-places-workers-other-side-paradise>

"Glamorous tech startups can be brutal places for workers"

Tech jobs are not always as attractive as they may seem.

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Another Word: Let's Write a Story Together, MacBook

Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:36:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/another_word_01_16/

"The bridge of the Starship Dolphin was a sight to behold. There was an
air conditioning unit off in the distance. There seemed to be
electricity in the air.  Ensign Serenity Starlight Warhammer O’James was

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These Smart Light Bulbs Play Music, Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal, and More

Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:34:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.yahoo.com/tech/these-smart-lightbulbs-play-music-boost-your-185717626.html>

"The smart-bulb revolution began a few years back, when companies
started making bulbs that you can control with a phone app — turning on
and off, dimming them, and even changing the color.  In the last few

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Living fossils and rare corals revealed

Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:33:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160119142531.htm

"A team of researchers has published their analysis of data, specimens,
photographs and video footage collected in 2009, when they sent a
remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to a depth of 800 meters (2,625 ft) at

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Australian Raptors May Be Playing With Fire

Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:31:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/australian-raptors-may-be-playing-fire>

"Two scientific conferences have heard evidence that at least two
Australian birds have learned to use fire, picking up smoldering sticks
and dropping them in unburnt territory."

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