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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.

Supernumerary Robotic Limbs: robotic arms that will lend a helping hand

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:09:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.adafruit.com/blog/2014/07/09/supernumerary-robotic-limbs-robotic-arms-that-will-lend-a-helping-hand-wearablewednesday/>

"How many times have you been doing something, like lifting a heavy or
bulky object, and said, “I wish I had an extra set of arms?” Well, now,
your wish has come true. A group of researchers from MIT have created

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The Caring Owl

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:08:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/u/0/105470166885615865572/posts/PxHqsevqDcF

"One evening my granddaughter, she was about four years old then, were
playing in the room with all her toys. Needless to say, they were all
animal toys like “My Little Ponies” etc. One of the soft toys that she

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Scientists vindicate 'Limits to Growth' – urge investment in 'circular economy'

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:04:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jun/04/scientists-limits-to-growth-vindicated-investment-transition-circular-economy>

"According to a new peer-reviewed scientific report, industrial
civilisation is likely to deplete its low-cost mineral resources within
the next century, with debilitating impacts for the global economy and

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3 Animals That Are Smarter Than You Thought

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:07:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssphf4UcQdo

"Dolphins, crows, apes -- you know the drill about smart animals. But
there are lots of animals that are smarter than you think. Not everyone
thinks they're pretty, but scientists know they're smart."

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Is the Anthropocene a world of hope or a world of hurt?

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:06:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://grist.org/climate-energy/is-the-anthropocene-a-world-of-hope-or-a-world-of-hurt/>

"For better or worse, we're running this planet now. What's wrong with
saying we might be able to pull that off? A conversation between Andrew
Revkin and Clive Hamilton."

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Code Abuse

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:02:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Code-Abuse.aspx

"A client of Jim's with a WordPress site had been having performance
issues that were off the scale bad. Slower then a snail on Valium.
Slower than a herd of turtles rampaging through a molasses factory.

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Unreal Engine 4 demos

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:59:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://ubuntugamingproject.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/unreal-engine-4-linux-demos.html>

"In 2014, the Unreal Engine 4 has been released and it's available for
every developer for $19 a month.  Some demos have been released (on
Windows), and now they are also available on Linux!"

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New Methods of Animation

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:10:55 +1000

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
What an incredibly awesome way to do stop-motion animation!

“We became the first company to take the age-old technique of
replacement animation and combine it with the 21st century technology of
3D printing,” McLean says.

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Sunday Sweets: Classic Kids' Books!

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:03:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2014/7/6/sunday-sweets-classic-kids-books.html>

'To quote an awesome grandfather, "When I was your age, television was
called BOOKS."'

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This is the most ambitious game in the universe

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:02:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/1/5856718/no-mans-sky-preview

"'No Man's Sky' swaps fetch quests and missions for a living, breathing
universe of infinite possibility"

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