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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.

Copyright Collecting Societies A Morass Of Bad Incentives

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:14:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://torrentfreak.com/copyright-collecting-societies-morass-bad-incentives-140316/

"We have given a private organization an authority-like mandate to collect
tax-like fees in the billions backed by threat of force, and tasked them with
finding the appropriate receiver of the collected funds. If they don’t find the

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How Your Data is Stored, or, The Laws of the Imaginary Greeks

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:09:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/103389452828130864950/posts/ZZ9wDbLDr3A

"If you don’t work in computers, you probably haven’t spent much time thinking
about how data gets stored on computers or in the cloud. I’m not talking about
the physical ways that hard disks or memory chips work, but about something

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Erica Chenoweth: Confronting the myth of the rational insurgent

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:07:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/02/erica-chenoweth-confronting-the-myth-of-the-rational-insurgent-2.html>

"Erica Chenoweth has developed a dataset and analyzed the historical record.
Below the fold are slides summarizing the results of her study of 323

non-violent and violent campaigns 
from
 1900‐2006."

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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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