Glass Wings Blog: December 2004

Obsessives could be an asset to society

Wed, 1 Dec 2004 21:05:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Rise of the anoraks

Anoraks, geeks, nerds - there's no shortage of insults for enthusiasts
who take their interests just a bit too far. But a new report suggests
these fanatics are a growing force in society.

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Non-photorealistic Camera - Multi-Flash Imaging

Thu, 2 Dec 2004 00:01:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Non-photorealistic Camera
Depth Edge Detection and Rendering using Multi-Flash Imaging

by Kyle Nicholls

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Flexible Electroluminescent Lighting

Thu, 2 Dec 2004 00:18:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Electroluminescent lighting is a directional light source that is
completely dimmable for great interior mood effects, as well as bright
white for backlighting. With Widths of 0.25 to 30 inches wide and up to
300 feet long, EL Flatlite is made for virtually any application.

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Okay, I Thought It Was Funny

Sat, 4 Dec 2004 13:43:21 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
Ukraine Elections
onigame@gmail.com (Wei-Hwa Huang)

The dispute between Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, the declared winner of
the Nov. 21 election, and candidate Viktor Yushchenko in western Ukraine,

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Digital sundials

Sat, 4 Dec 2004 23:44:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
"What in heaven is a digital sundial?" That was the title of an article
in Scientific American (August 1991), which prompted a flurry of mental
activity in many a smart brain. One answer is on display here: a sundial
that displays the time, not by throwing a shadow on a set of lines,
but in plainly readable digits. The dial functions from 8:00 to 5.55 hr,

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Ballooning into the Sky

Sun, 5 Dec 2004 01:21:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Have you ever dreamed of being carried into the sky by a giant bouquet
of colorful toy balloons?

That's the idea behind cluster ballooning.  The pilot wears a harness,
to which a cluster of large, helium-filled balloons are attached.

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The Cardboard House

Sun, 5 Dec 2004 13:24:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
The Cardboard House is conceived as a kit of parts comprising a flat pack
of frames, and infill floor and wall panels. It uses minimal fixings:
nylon wing nuts, hand-tightened polyster tape stays and Velcro fastenings
are used to assemble the frames and protective skin system.

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Toyota shows mechanised mobility suits

Sun, 5 Dec 2004 14:45:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
So much more impressive than a wheelchair - and it can climb stairs!

Toyoto i-foot and i-unit
http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/robots/toyoto-ifoot-and-iunit-026866.php

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It had to happen - Spam/Python co-marketing

Mon, 6 Dec 2004 03:13:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
It was bound to happen one day - "Spamalot the Musical" is opening on
Broadway, based on the Holy Grail film, and Hormel (makers of canned Spam)
are doing a co-promotion!

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Board game reviews

Wed, 8 Dec 2004 13:12:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
The 2004 Good Gift Games Guide
http://www.themorningnews.org/archives/opinions/the_2004_good_gift_games_guide.php

        
Games Magazine Awards

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Creature comforts

Thu, 09 Dec 2004 09:19:52 +1100

Amanda Penrose <amandac [at] dd.com.au>

Amanda Penrose
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/12/08/1102182304123.html

AJ

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Japanese telecom tests online aromatherapy service

Thu, 9 Dec 2004 22:57:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Japanese telecom tests online aromatherapy service
By Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press

TOKYO — People play games, go shopping and meet dates on the
Internet. So why not use the Web to download the perfect mood-enhancing

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Ella Enchanted

Mon, 13 Dec 2004 16:32:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Last night we went to see "Ella Enchanted", an eminently enjoyable film
based on the excellent book of the same name.  For those who have had the
pleasure of seeing "The 10th Kingdom", we found it somewhat reminiscent
in style and tone of that mini-series.  Apart from the eponymous heroine
played by the delightful Anne Hathaway, Cary Elwes was also notable for

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Wangari Maathai – Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Lecture

Tue, 14 Dec 2004 21:58:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Wangari Maathai – Nobel Lecture
Oslo, December 10, 2004

http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/2004/maathai-lecture.html

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Okay, I Found It Funny

Wed, 15 Dec 2004 10:25:48 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
A Senior Moment
tundra@tundraware.com (Tim Daneliuk)

At the senior center-- Friday night dance

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snortly laughing

Wed, 15 Dec 2004 10:30:38 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
On Tue, 14 Dec 2004 09:56 pm, you wrote:
Heeheehee, you tiny little person an Amazon?

Ah well, you should read my story Dainty Elephants:

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Meowy Christmouse!

Wed, 15 Dec 2004 23:32:16 +1100

"Shakira S." <shakira [at] ...>

Shakira S.
The festive season - feline style!

http://www.fluffytails.ca/christmas.asp

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Some of These Are Funnier Than Others

Fri, 17 Dec 2004 11:08:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
----- Forwarded message from Katherine Phelps <muse@glasswings.com.au> -----

From: Katherine Phelps <muse@glasswings.com.au>
Subject: Some of These Are Funnier Than Others
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 09:36:50 +1100

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Atomic tomatoes are not the only fruit

Fri, 17 Dec 2004 11:26:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Atomic tomatoes are not the only fruit

Ben Goldacre names the winners of the 2004 Bad Science awards - the
gongs nobody wants

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Revolution in architecture opens in Curitiba, Brazil

Sat, 18 Dec 2004 22:54:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Revolution in architecture opens in Curitiba, Brazil

Thu Dec 16, 4:32 PM ET
        
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - An unusual apartment building was inaugurated

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A Toy With a Story

Tue, 21 Dec 2004 12:54:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
There is a story behind every electronic gadget sold on the QVC shopping
channel. This one leads to a ramshackle farmhouse in rural Oregon, which
is the home and circuit design lab of Jeri Ellsworth, a 30-year-old high
school dropout and self-taught computer chip designer.

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Gingerbread PC and Geekmas Tree

Thu, 23 Dec 2004 23:25:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.utsl.gen.nz/gingerbreadCPU.jpg

http://www.mediatinker.com/blog/images/cpuTree.html

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100 most remembered toys of the past

Sat, 25 Dec 2004 01:59:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
TV Cream's Top 100 Toys

(A quirky "top 100 most remembered toys of the past",
focussing on the 1970s and 1980s from a British perspective:)

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2004 Year-End Google Zeitgeist

Sat, 25 Dec 2004 02:01:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Based on billions of searches conducted by Google users around the world,
the 2004 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year's
major events and trends. We hope you enjoy this aggregate look at what
people wanted to know more about this year.

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Norwegian scientists discuss Santa Claus

Sat, 25 Dec 2004 13:24:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
The Physics of Santa Claus

Calculations maintain that the laws of physics should prevent Santa
Claus from delivering all his gifts and that Santa would burn up in
the atmosphere if he tried. The internet magazine, forskning.no, has

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Christmas Greetings

Sun, 26 Dec 2004 14:30:56 +1100

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

Katherine Phelps
My apologies for being more than usually in communicado. The end of this year
has been one of achieving Herculean efforts, followed by equal amounts of
Herculean exhaustion.

Andrew and I have moved house. We left behind our big, beautiful, sunny house

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Inventor of optical recording

Wed, 29 Dec 2004 11:36:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Scientist's invention was let go for a song
By Brier Dudley
Seattle Times technology reporter

Consumers will spend billions this holiday season on CDs, DVDs and

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The world will be saved by steam!

Wed, 29 Dec 2004 12:28:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Steam engines could be eco hope
By Jo Twist
BBC News science and technology reporter

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4076811.stm

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Kids comment on early video games

Wed, 29 Dec 2004 12:32:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Donkey Kong is "lame." Tetris is "boring." Space Invaders "needs a
superbomb or something." And why play Pong when it's more fun to "jump
up and down on one foot"? Hey, save your irate letters--we didn't say
this stuff. The nostalgia-nuking commentary is from EGM's November 2003
issue, in which we had kids of the PlayStation generation playtest classic

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