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Wish You Had NSA's Cool Spying Toys? Now You Can -- As Low-Cost Open Hardware

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:15:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141120/07531829205/wish-you-had-nsas-cool-spying-toys-now-you-can-as-low-cost-open-hardware.shtml>

'Alongside the disturbing revelations of indiscriminate, global
surveillance carried out by the NSA and its Five Eyes friends, leaked
documents have shown another side of modern spying: the high-tech

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The Driving Force Behind America's Warp Speed Decline into an Unequal Society

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:14:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.alternet.org/economy/driving-force-behind-americas-warp-speed-decline-unequal-society>

"Corporate power is bad, but the financial industry is behind the
atrocious wealth divide."

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A 1,300-Year-Old Egyptian Book Of Spells Has Been Deciphered

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:46:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://io9.com/a-1-300-year-old-egyptian-book-of-spells-has-been-decip-1661596138>

"Do you want to cast love spells? Exorcise demons? Subjugate your
enemies? These and other arcane invocations can be found in the Handbook
of Ritual Power, an 8th-century, 20-page codex that has been translated

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The Nostalgia Nerds Who Rescue Old Games From Oblivion

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:45:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://gizmodo.com/the-nostalgia-nerds-who-rescue-old-games-from-oblivion-1660776996>

"Do you remember the first computer game you played? What about the
first program you downloaded? Unless you've just emerged
Brendan-Fraser-in-Encino Man-style from the earth, wholly unaware of

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51-Foot-Long Fire-Breathing Dragon Is Declared the World’s Largest Walking Robot

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:22:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/51-foot-long-fire-breathing-dragon-is-declared-the-worlds-largest-walking-robot/>

"A 51-foot-long fire-breathing robotic dragon built by Zollner
Elektronik AG of Zandt, Germany was declared the World’s Largest Walking
Robot by Guinness World Records. The dragon, which was first displayed

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Amateur Photographer Captures Intimate Photos Of Foxes Living In One Of The World's Remotest Regions

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:20:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/19/ivan-kislov-foxes-wildlife-photos-chukotka_n_6187822.html>

"He may not be a professional wildlife photographer, but Ivan Kislov’s
stunning pictures of foxes living in one of the world’s most remote
regions are guaranteed to take your breath away."

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Google Contributor lets public pay to remove ads from select websites

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:46:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2014/11/21/google-contributor-lets-public.html

"Google is rolling out a patronage service for websites called
Contributor. Readers of sites like The Onion, Mashable, and wikiHow can
pay a buck or two per month and will be rewarded with "Thank You" tile

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French Government Takes 172 Million Euros From Citizens To Pay Publisher For Access To Research Public Already Paid For Once

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:45:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141111/13425429109/french-government-takes-172-million-citizens-to-pay-publisher-access-to-research-public-already-paid-once.shtml>

"It's all about priorities. Those providing the valuable research will
have to learn to do without because the publishers must be paid."

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Melbourne Artists

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:55:29 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
Some of you may be wondering, "What do Melbourne Australian artists get
up to?"

Good question! Here is a stunning example:

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A Rational Fear: how to protest correctly in Victoria - video

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:44:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/culture/australia-culture-blog/video/2014/apr/11/rational-fear-police-protesting-comedy-australia-video>

"Satirical comedy troupe A Rational Fear provide a handy guide to
protesting in Victoria, where the law has been changed in order to make
peaceful picketing much more difficult, as the friendly policeman in the

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