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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.

Alexander McCall Smith on writing Botswana and HIV

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:53:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://dailyreview.crikey.com.au/alexander-mccall-smith-on-writing-botswana-and-hiv/

"In Botswana, 23% of adults have HIV and 120,000 children have been orphaned by
the disease. So is it ethically questionable that the man who has made Botswana
famous to non-Africans treats HIV as something of a side issue?"

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Speech: Security and Privacy in the Internet Age

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:51:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.libdems.org.uk/speech_security_and_privacy_in_the_internet_age

"It is not enough for the agencies to claim that they accurately interpret the
correct balance between privacy and national security: they must be seen to do
so, and that means strong, exacting, third-party oversight."

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Ride London’s abandoned underground “Mail Rail”

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:08:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/03/ride-londons-abandoned-underground-mail-rail/

"Before e-mail, London had a different kind of network."

This sounds like it will be a really interesting and fun museum!

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Spirited Away Minecraft Recreation

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:36:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.spiritedawayminecraft.com/

A Minecraft recreation of the world of Spirited Away. Lovely!

Via vujon.tumblr.com and Robotech_Master on the Hayao Miyazaki Discussion

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Chihuahuas wearing sailor costumes!!!

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:33:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfcQ3W5-doQ

Just because sometimes a dog is fine too!

Via Muse.

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Transcendence (Orchestral) - Lindsey Stirling

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:32:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHdkRvEzW84

I posted a link to Lindsey Stirling last year, and this recent video reminds me
why.  A beautiful piece and video by Lindsey Stirling and the Landfill
Harmonic.

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Sky Blue and Grass Green

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:51:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://storify.com/derrangedferret/sky-blue-and-grass-green

Ursula Vernon tries her hand at a Twitter short story.

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Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:50:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/mar/14/nasa-civilisation-irreversible-collapse-study-scientists>

"A new study partly-sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has
highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could
collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation

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The Friend

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:48:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSSyDMZq-Zk

"Do you have friends? Yes? Well watch this anyway."

A great comedy sketch!

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Going viral: How to make content shareable

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:41:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.cjr.org/feature/going_viral.php

"One of the many great promises of the internet was that it would expand
our horizons by allowing access to information and perspectives beyond
the limits of our geography and personal circle. But research has shown

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