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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.

Internet Archive posts millions of historic images to Flickr

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:47:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/08/internet-archive-posts-millions-of-historic-images-to-flickr/>

"Earlier this year, communications technology scholar Kalev Leetaru
began culling over 14 million images from the Internet Archive’s public
domain ebooks and uploading them to the Internet Archive’s Flickr

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Edison, a new low-cost educational robot

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:46:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooSYO5Azj4E
<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/937295081/edison-fun-robotics-for-tomorrows-inventors>

"Edison is the result of a genuine passion for innovation and new
creations. Microbric's vision is to share electronics, robotics and

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Leading Ladies Big list of Games

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:43:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://female-protagonists.tumblr.com/list

"An unfiltered list of games featuring a leading lady, because such a
list should exist. Games that feature optional female protagonists are
in the second list, and games with female options for multiplayer are in

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Peter the Elephant Plays the Red Clarinet

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:42:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iyxUK_e5nU

"Peter the elephant discoverers a toy clarinet and plays it *of his own
accord* as our paths crossed around the elephant kraal in Ayutthaya,
Thailand."

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Research shows that if you remove anonymity, you won’t hear from most of your readers

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:24:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://gigaom.com/2014/08/27/research-shows-that-if-you-remove-anonymity-you-wont-hear-from-most-of-your-readers/>

"Many media outlets seem to believe that by forcing readers to use their
real identities, they will solve the problem of bad comments — but in
reality, all they are doing is making it less likely that most of their

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Wolves susceptible to yawn contagion

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:23:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140827141555.htm

"Wolves may be susceptible to yawn contagion, according to a new study.
Researchers suggest that contagious yawning may be linked to human
capacity for empathy, but little evidence apart from studies on

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Introducing GOG.com DRM-Free Movies

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:44:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.gog.com/news/introducing_gogcom_drmfree_movies

"Our goal is to offer you cinema classics as well as some all-time
favorite TV series with no DRM whatsoever, for you to download and keep
on your hard drive or stream online whenever you feel like it."

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These Beautiful Scarves Will Give You Wings

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:42:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/bird-wing-scarves-shovava-roza-khamitova/

"Birds are a popular motif in women’s fashion, and Roza Khamitova, a
Melbourne-based fashion designer originally from Kazakhstan, has created
a series of scarves that definitely exploit the bird motif in a creative

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The Most Amazing Lie in History

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:00:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://mentalfloss.com/article/58468/most-amazing-lie-history

"How a chicken farmer, a pair of princesses, and 27 imaginary spies
helped the Allies win World War II."

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James Madison, Father Of The Constitution, 4th US President... And Fan Fiction Writer

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:56:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140822/15535428298/james-madison-father-constitution-4th-us-president-avid-fan-fiction-writer.shtml>

"Tell people that fan fiction is an important form of political speech
that deserves protection, and they'll roll their eyes."

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