Glass Wings Blog: April 2017

The Story Behind That ‘Future That Liberals Want’ Photo

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:36:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wired.com/2017/03/future-the-liberals-want-meme-photo/

"When two groups use the same image to prove their critiques of the
other, it fosters prejudice, rather than conversation. Themer would
rather the image prompt a dialogue across the political chasm and get

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World Backup Day

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:37:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.worldbackupday.com/en/

"Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep
another copy of everything somewhere safe."

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Data breach disclosure 101: How to succeed after you've failed

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:42:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.troyhunt.com/data-breach-disclosure-101-how-to-succeed-after-youve-failed/>

"I've seen enough to recognise both good and bad patterns and I'm hoping
that by highlighting them here we can learn from the precedents that
have been set. Ideally, this will serve as a checkpoint for those who

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It’s A Time For Disobedience: MIT Media Lab Will Pay $250,000 To Support It

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:43:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.fastcompany.com/3069027/its-a-time-for-disobedience-mit-media-lab-will-pay-250000-to-support-it>

"The new prize for disobedience, funded by LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman,
wants to reward creative nonviolent protest by activists or government
officials who stop illegal acts."

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Why are Republicans so cruel to the poor? Paul Ryan’s profound hypocrisy stands for a deeper problem

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:17:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.salon.com/2017/03/23/why-are-republicans-so-cruel-to-the-poor-paul-ryans-profound-hypocrisy-stands-for-a-deeper-problem/>

"It is normal to feel aghast at and disgusted by the Republican Party’s
war on the poor. The more challenging and perhaps even more disturbing
task is to ask why today’s conservatives feel such antipathy, disregard

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Unboxing & Setting Up New IBM PC AT Built in 1988

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:19:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://laughingsquid.com/unboxing-setting-up-new-ibm-pc-at-built-in-1988/>

"Clint of Lazy Game Reviews experiences pure joy as he unboxes and sets
up a brand new, factory sealed IBM PC 5170 AT that was built in 1988."

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Camouflage Challenge: Simon's Cat

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:20:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9GTvCc0PnM

More Simon's Cat goodness.

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Please Stop Saying 108 to Siri

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:21:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://au.pcmag.com/smartphones/47147/news/please-stop-saying-108-to-siri>

"Law enforcement agencies are urging users not to fall for the viral
prank. Turns out, 108 is India's equivalent to 9-1-1. If you say that
number to Siri, the voice-controlled personal assistant will think

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How the Internet Gave Mail-Order Brides the Power

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 16:13:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://backchannel.com/how-the-internet-gave-mail-order-brides-the-power-1af8c8a40562>

"Rural Filipinas have flipped the dating script: Now they’re the ones
shopping for Western men."

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Why I left the Border Patrol to study UFOs

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 16:19:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://therabbitisin.com/why-i-left-the-border-patrol-to-study-ufos-c85eedbebfbb>

"For a lot of young people, a job with the Border Patrol represents
basically the best option you can get straight out of high school."

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Sesame Street has been trolling Trump for three decades

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 16:20:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/03/24/sesame-street-has-been-trollin.html

"Trump's distaste for publicly-funded children's programming may or may
not be connected to Sesame Street's character Ronald Grump, a grouch who
finagles Oscar into relocating from his trash can to Grump Tower."

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The Press should not give publicity to terrorists

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 16:21:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@theonlytoby/the-press-should-not-give-publicity-to-terrorists-e34d7fcfb9fe>

"I am left wondering, would this terrible act have become an act of
terror if it had received no media coverage, or would it just have
remained a tragic criminal act?"

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BBC releases 'Curse of the Fatal Death,' Steven Moffat's first Doctor Who episode from 1999

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 02:08:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.blastr.com/2017-3-24/steven-moffats-first-doctor-who-episode-released>

"Red Nose Day is a UK charity spearheaded by comedians and has raised
over £1 billion to fight poverty and injustice. To give back to its
funders, Red Nose Day has released a special Doctor Who episode made for

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Canadians Adopted Refugee Families,for a Year. Then Came ‘Month 13.’

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 02:10:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/25/world/canada/syrian-refugees.html

"Everyday Canadians spent a year embracing Syrians in the world’s most
personal resettlement program. Letting them go might be the biggest test
yet."

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Making better contact lenses

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 02:11:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i13/Making-better-contact-lenses.html

"Material and manufacturing innovations are the secrets for more
comfortable – and someday more interactive – vision correction"

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More Financial Scandals Involving A Collecting Society: Remind Me Again Why They Are Credible Representatives Of Artists?

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 02:12:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170321/03154736962/more-financial-scandals-involving-collecting-society-remind-me-again-why-they-are-credible-representatives-artists.shtml>

"Given that this kind of thing has been happening all around the world
for years, you really have to wonder why these organizations are still
allowed to put themselves forward as the legitimate representatives of

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The World's Rarest and Most Ancient Dog Has Just Been Re-Discovered in the Wild

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 22:40:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.sciencealert.com/the-world-s-rarest-and-most-ancient-dog-has-just-been-re-discovered-in-the-wild>

"After decades of fearing that the New Guinea highland wild dog had gone
extinct in its native habitat, researchers have finally confirmed the
existence of a healthy, viable population, hidden in one of the most

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8 Things You Should Know About Two Spirit People

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 22:41:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/culture/social-issues/8-misconceptions-things-know-two-spirit-people/>

"Here are eight misconceptions and/or things you should know about Two
Spirit people that may help foster a better understanding of the Two
Spirit community."

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Planet Earth II is “need a new TV” propaganda—if you get the right version

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 22:42:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/03/planet-earth-ii-is-need-a-new-tv-propaganda-if-you-get-the-right-version/>

"How do you feel about lemur eyes so pristine and bright, they stare
into your soul?"

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Cats found to like humans more than thought

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 22:43:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://phys.org/news/2017-03-cats-humans-thought.html

"A trio of researchers with Oregon State University and Monmouth
University has conducted experiments with cats, and has found that they
appear to like humans more than expected. In their paper published in

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The 21st Century’s Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Big Four Deep Drivers of Destabilization

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 20:32:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/bioneers/the-21st-centurys-horsemen-of-the-apocalypse-the-big-four-deep-drivers-of-destabilization-77e36770a0d1>

"There are, in my estimation, four main major interrelated sources of
threats to the human enterprise during that time frame: nuclear war,
environmental crises, radical socioeconomic disruptions, and

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Google and Facebook Can’t Just Make Fake News Disappear

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 20:35:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://backchannel.com/google-and-facebook-cant-just-make-fake-news-disappear-48f4b4e5fbe8>

"Fake news is too big and messy to solve with algorithms or
editors — because the problem is…us."

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UW professor: The information war is real, and we’re losing it

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 20:36:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/uw-professor-the-information-war-is-real-and-were-losing-it/>

"A University of Washington professor started studying social networks
to help people respond to disasters. But she got dragged down a rabbit
hole of twitter-boosted conspiracy theories, and ended up mapping our

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Autonomous Nissan Leaf | Fully Charged

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 20:37:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfRqNAhAe6c

"Our first ride in a fully autonomous car on public roads in the UK."

Impressive. 2020 is not so far away!

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Why I Always Tug on the ATM

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 14:10:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/03/why-i-always-tug-on-the-atm/

"Once you understand how easy and common it is for thieves to attach
“skimming” devices to ATMs and other machines that accept debit and
credit cards, it’s difficult not to closely inspect and even tug on the

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Eulogy for a Fairy Princess

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 14:11:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://byrslf.co/i-want-to-tell-you-about-heather-732b303759d9

"I want to tell you about Heather."

A beautiful eulogy for an artist.

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The Ideal Workweek, According to Science

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 14:12:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://howwegettonext.com/the-ideal-workweek-according-to-science-b706fa2dd687>

"We live in a culture that venerates overwork—with corporations that
often reward those willing to sacrifice their health and well-being for
a company’s vision."

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Doodle 4 Google 2017 - US Winner

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 14:13:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.google.com/doodles/doodle-4-google-2017-us-winner

'Sarah says, “My future is a world where we can all learn to love each
other despite our religion, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexuality. I
dream of a future where everyone is safe and accepted wherever they go,

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Realistic Handmade Fantasy Creature Dolls

Sat, 8 Apr 2017 16:18:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/realistic-handmade-fantasy-creature-dolls/

"Moscow-based artist Santani creates amazingly cute and realistic dolls
like Inari Foxes, Sowls, and My Little Dragons."

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No, Trump isn’t the worst president ever

Sat, 8 Apr 2017 16:19:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/everyvote/no-trump-isnt-the-worst-president-ever-c688ddddc8c5>

"Donald Trump’s tumultuous two-month tenure as Commander in Chief has
received mixed reviews, but it is both premature and factually incorrect
to call him the worst president in US history."

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Astonishing book tunnel entrance to bookstore

Sat, 8 Apr 2017 16:19:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/03/31/astonishing-book-tunnel-entran.html

"Chinese bookstore Yangzhou Zhongshuge has arguably the most
breathtaking bookstore entrance in the world."

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Wanna Have Breakfast with 7 Doctors Who?

Sat, 8 Apr 2017 16:20:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://nerdist.com/doctor-who-omaze-campaign-breakfast-7-doctors/

"For the lucky winner and their companion, they’ll head to London and
have some crumpets and scones and whatever with no fewer (and also no
more) than seven of the nine living actors who’ve played Doctor Who‘s

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Good news for Africa’s elephants: China is losing its taste for ivory

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:52:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/03/29/good-news-for-africas-elephants-china-is-losing-its-taste-for-ivory/>

"China will close 67 ivory carving factories and retail shops on Friday,
roughly one-third of the total, as it moves to implement a pledge to end
all domestic ivory sales by the end of the year."

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India's Ladycops

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:53:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2017/03/india-ladycops-170328121136978.html>

"Exclusive access to a police station in India run by women for women
reveals a unique perspective on a changing society."

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Ladybeard is back in new band called Deadlift Lolita – check out debut music video

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:54:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://uniteasia.org/ladybeard-back-new-band-called-deadlift-lolita-check-debut-music-video/>

"”DEADLIFT LOLITA”, the physically strongest idol group on earth, was
born of the fusion of Kawaiiness, muscles, and joy!!!"

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Autistic Man Called “Stupid” By Gym Staff Teaches Himself Law, Sues The Company And Wins

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 13:56:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.boredpanda.com/autistic-man-sues-gym-virgin-active-ketan-aggarwal/>

"When Ketan Aggarwal, a 30-year-old Londoner with autism, was ridiculed
by a spin class instructor at his local Virgin Active gym, he decided to
take retribution into his own hands. After spending 2 years teaching

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Citizen’s arrest

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:46:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.vice.com/story/ice-detained-a-u-s-citizen-for-almost-three-weeks>

"A U.S. citizen is suing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency,
claiming he was arrested and held in jail for almost three weeks because
they didn’t believe he was in the country legally."

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Land down blunder: teen heading to Australia lands in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:47:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/31/teen-accidentally-flies-to-sydney-nova-scotia-australia>

"Schipper was far from the first tourist to inadvertently end up in Nova
Scotia – the mixup has previously struck tourists from Italy, Argentina
and Britain."

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The Yooka-Laylee Rap!

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:48:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mSzJj1c1z0

"Yooka-Laylee, the next 3D platformer from genre veterans Playtonic, is
out April 11, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One and PC!"

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No hate, no fear

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:49:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://uscatholic.atavist.com/no-hate-no-fear

"An interfaith community responded to an attack on a Philadelphia mosque
by creating mural art."

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Nonnas of the World

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:26:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/nonnas-of-the-world

"A restaurant on Staten Island showcases a different grandmother’s
cooking every night."

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The Collapsing Empire is a hilarious tale of humanity’s impending doom

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:30:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2017/03/the-collapsing-empire-is-rip-roaring-space-opera-with-a-conscience/>

"John Scalzi’s latest novel is a thought experiment about the fall of
civilization."

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Animals Welcome at FAU

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:31:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_hT6C174Lo

"Beginning Fall 2017, animals will be welcome on all of FAU's
campuses.... April Fools!"

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At last, a new movie that’s as beautiful and insane as The Fifth Element

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:31:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2017/03/if-you-loved-the-fifth-element-theres-a-new-movie-to-make-you-rejoice/>

"Stop everything and watch the trailer for Valerian and the City of a
Thousand Planets."

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Next big thing: Selling solar power to the neighbours

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:36:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.afr.com/news/next-big-thing-selling-solar-power-to-the-neighbours-20161116-gsqky6>

"Powershop estimated its solar customers across Melbourne generated
about 100,000kWh of surplus solar power in six weeks, so it offered it
to other customers – largely people without solar power and relying on

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How We REALLY Deal with Climate Crisis

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:37:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/how-we-really-deal-with-climate-crisis-eda1125afcdd>

"There are now several billion people who struggle to feed themselves,
find shelter, and survive on a daily basis. This is the perfect breeding
ground for rising fundamentalism, rejection of scientific modernity,

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Which People Have Spoken?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:38:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.indelicates.com/brexit/

"Where do you even start writing about Brexit? I've wanted to put
something down since that stupid day last June - but every time I start
it goes off the rails by the end of the first paragraph and I just start

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What if you got $1,000 a month, just for being alive? I decided to find out.

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:39:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/basic-income/what-if-you-got-1-000-a-month-just-for-being-alive-i-decided-to-find-out-9e8591976c37>

"My father has a basic income. As a retired United States Air Force
officer, he has received a paycheck from the US government every month
for about 30 years now, since he was 42 years old. His government

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Greensync launches world-first exchange to trade stored household solar power

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:21:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://reneweconomy.com.au/greensync-launches-world-first-exchange-trade-stored-household-solar-power-49889/>

"The Australian energy market is set for a major shake-up with the
launch of a major new government-backed initiative to create an open
marketplace for locally generated and stored rooftop solar power to be

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Inside America's Last Great Pinball Factory

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:22:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/design/a25824/stern-pinball-machine-factory/>

"Pinball is making a comeback, and America's last major game maker is
ready."

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For 18 years, I thought she was stealing my identity. Until I found her

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:23:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/03/identity-theft-racial-justice>

"A woman apparently using my name meant a nightmare of unpaid traffic
fines and a criminal record. But when I tracked her down, a different
story emerged"

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Let’s do a Brexit deal with the Parthenon marbles

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:24:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/04/brexit-deal-parthenon-marbles>

"Britain has the perfect opportunity to return the artefacts to Greece.
It’s the right thing to do – and could earn concessions in fraught
negotiations"

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The Refugee Rethink: Part Two

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:01:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@dwordsworth/the-refugee-rethink-part-2-losing-our-religion-b82f54654de5>

"First, it turns out financial growth is not a proxy for growth in
impact — it’s just financial growth. The “more awesome” bit didn’t work
out; at best we just got bigger."

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How To Brush Your Cat's Teeth

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:02:00 +1000

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

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

"When was the last time you brushed your cat's teeth? … The thought of
brushing your cat's teeth probably hasn't even crossed your mind, but
just like us humans, cats also require dental care to stay healthy. If

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Are You Tired?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:03:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@muse_9093/are-you-tired-225a579c533d

"The wealthy know their position in society is precarious. They know
they live in a dog eat dog world of their own making, and sometimes even
boast about being the top dog — but that still means they are living a

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For Good Men To See Nothing

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:04:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/athena-talks/for-good-men-to-see-nothing-c1be3e65c52f

"If you’re reading this article, you game because you like to be “the
one who confronts the monsters.” Here’s a chance to do it in real life,
and the things I’ve written above are your weapons and special gear to

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The Minimally-nice Open Source Software Maintainer

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:40:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://brson.github.io/2017/04/05/minimally-nice-maintainer

"I love creating cool things, and releasing cool things, and receiving
praise for cool things. To create ever cooler things though one needs to
multiply their manpower, get help from others - to collaborate."

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Your pictures: Crops

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:41:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-39514603

'Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme.
This week it is "Crops".'

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How Your Name Became Japan’s Biggest Movie in Years

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:42:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/04/how-your-name-became-japans-biggest-movie-in-years/522279/>

"Makoto Shinkai’s animated film, newly released in North America, is a
magical and ultimately optimistic coming-of-age story that taps into the
country’s unique anxieties."

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Truth and Storytelling Consequences

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:43:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@muse_9093/truth-and-storytelling-consequences-27c34937f1d0>

"Much of storytelling is a thought experiment. We develop a collection
of characters, put them into particular circumstances and, if we are
honest in our storytelling, we allow events to roll out to the most

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This farm animal sanctuary's rotating cow brush is a huge hit

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:46:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/04/07/this-farm-animal-sanctuarys.html

"Cows love to rub stuff with their faces and bodies, so lots of farms
like the Hof Butenland Foundation install these rotating cow brushes.
Rescue cow Paul is no exception."

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EPA staffer leaves with a bang, blasting agency policies under Trump

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:23:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/04/07/epa-staffer-leaves-with-a-bang-blasting-agency-policies-under-trump/>

I would be more sympathetic if they had ever expressed any concern for
the people whose jobs have been destroyed by EPA’s regulatory rampage.

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Autism: The children who find haircuts painful

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:24:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-39502366

"Sitting in a hairdresser's chair may sound simple, but for a child with
autism having a haircut can be painful. One barber has developed a
unique technique where he will cut a child's hair during long periods

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EDL march in Birmingham upstaged by really nice tea party

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:25:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://metro.co.uk/2017/04/08/edl-march-in-birmingham-upstaged-by-really-nice-tea-party-6562919/>

"Upon hearing that the far-right hate group were planning to parade
their insecurity around the city, Brummies at the Birmingham Central
Mosque promptly organised a ‘Best of British’ tea party."

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A 1986 bulletin board system has brought the old Web back to life in 2017

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:26:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/a-1986-bulletin-board-system-has-brought-the-old-web-back-to-life-in-2017/>

"It's 2017, but you can still experience the Internet of 1986 thanks to
BBS enthusiasts."

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Making a new dog

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:27:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+johncbaez999/posts/AmB5BEX9fjH

'This means that all wolves are evolving into something new. They're
roaming less, getting less scared of people. We're "making a new dog".'

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How disgust stops us from living sustainably — and how to stop it

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:59:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/society-matters/how-disgust-stops-us-from-living-sustainably-and-how-to-stop-it-e26ef4ca5f9b>

"Imagine, for a second, that the slice of delectable cake melting in
your mouth was made with flour ground from insects not grains. Or that
your most alluring perfume — a special gift, perhaps — contained

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Change Yourself, Change the World

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:00:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@beyondtherobot/change-yourself-change-the-world-5682cf99522b>

"Human Nature, Second Nature, and Extending the Boundaries of our
Affections"

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Sherlock Holmes Is Now A Housewife In Latest Korean Export, Mystery Queen

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:01:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/04/sherlock-holmes-is-now-a-housewife-in-latest-korean-export-mystery-queen/>

"Mystery Queen, one of the newest shows to come out of South Korea,
might be one of the cutest and coolest renditions of Sherlock Homes I've
seen in a while... and it stars a housewife with a crazy mother-in-law."

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Ljubljana, Slovenia: Cyanometer

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:03:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/martin-bricelj-baraga-cyanometer

"Martin Bricelj Baraga's monolithic sculpture measures the blueness of
the sky, and changes color to match it."

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Electric Swing Circus Video Diaries - April 2017 - Swingamajig Festival is coming

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:08:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ29UGhkkv4

"With our festival around the corner, come step inside and find out what
we have in store..."  http://swingamajig.co.uk/

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Meet The Food Delivery Workers In The Decentralised Dickensian Online Gig Economy.

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:08:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@Asher_Wolf/meet-the-food-delivery-workers-in-the-decentralised-dickensian-online-gig-economy-8dc100e1f2b7>

"They’re the foreign workers risking life and limb to deliver food to
your door…"

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year: unforgettable animal behaviour

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:09:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2017/apr/07/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-unforgettable-animal-behaviour>

"From basking gharial to stampeding muskoxen, these images from the
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been selected for a
Natural History Museum book, Unforgettable Behaviour, and offer a unique

(More...)

[OFFICIAL VIDEO] Bohemian Rhapsody – Pentatonix

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:10:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojRj2JK5oCI

Another great cover by Pentatonix.

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Love in the Time of Cryptography

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:54:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://backchannel.com/love-in-the-time-of-cryptography-dd3a74193ffb

"How security software and encryption created an old-fashioned romance."

An interesting story about a very geeky romance.

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For some transgender students, the school bathroom is a battleground

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:55:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/abc-news-australia/for-some-transgender-students-the-school-bathroom-is-a-battleground-1e219a1ef040>

"Georgie Stone was eight years old when the school bathroom became a
battleground."

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Unfettered online hate speech fuels Islamophobia in China

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:56:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.startribune.com/unfettered-online-hate-speech-fuels-islamophobia-in-china/418778764/>

"The flood of angry anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media was the first
sign of how fiercely the suburban middle-class homeowners in this
central China city opposed a planned mosque in their neighborhood. It

(More...)

Put Them Back In Their Place

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:57:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://notalwayshopeless.com/put-back-place/44572

"It is some years ago. I am in the metro and it is semi-late evening. I
start to hear the beat to a famous, easy to recognize song. A beautiful
gothic girl is doing the stomp-stomp-clap, and then a few persons around

(More...)

We Have Always Been Here, Motherfucker

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:01:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://uncannymagazine.com/article/we-have-always-been-here-motherfucker/>

"The year is 1978. I receive a gift from my aunt and uncle. It’s an
electric keyboard. I hear “Nickelodeon” sung by Julie Andrews on The
Muppet Show. I play it by ear, and start piano lessons. I win a lot of

(More...)

The value in telephoning the dead

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:05:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.patheos.com/blogs/cognitivedemons/2016/09/the-value-in-telphoning-the-dead/>

"The so-called ‘wind phone’ (kaze no denwa) is comprised of a simple
disconnected rotary phone which is located in a white phone booth that
overlooks the Pacific ocean."

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Thousands of Girls Are Locked Up for Talking Back or Staying Out Late

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:07:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/09/girls-juvenile-justice-status-offenses>

'By the time she was 16, Kara had been detained three times—one of the
nearly 50,000 adolescent girls who enter the courts every year because
of a system of criminalizing low-level offenses that has long been

(More...)

Inspired by Nature: Scientists Find Groundbreaking Solution for Solar Storage

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:08:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.ecowatch.com/battery-storage-rmit-2339929808.html

"One of the most common pitfalls of solar energy is storing it. On sunny
days there is typically an excess of energy, which is lost if not
captured. But, fortunately many battery storage options are now

(More...)

Chinese Tour Groups Suck

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:31:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/startup-grind/chinese-tour-groups-suck-9d9d941fd06a

"I know this because I’m a Chinese tourist who has traveled in many
Chinese tour groups."

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7 Reasons We're Quietly Letting Racists Win

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:38:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-were-quietly-letting-racists-win/

"So, I've been thinking about this a lot since the internet puked a
bunch of white nationalist factoids in my face a while back."

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Telling Right from Wrong

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:40:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://extranewsfeed.com/telling-right-from-wrong-96398c01a306

"Two of my recent essays — “Tolerance is Not a Moral Precept” and “A
Chosen People” — have talked about questions of right and wrong. Several
people have asked, in essence, what I mean by those two and how I

(More...)

Woman Unaware That ‘Furry Convention’ Is Not For Pets, Takes Her Therapy Dog There And Becomes Famous

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:41:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/furry-convention-mother-brings-dog-link/

"New York Media senior producer Kenny Wassus got a kick when he realized
his mother went to the Motor City Furry Convention, thinking it was an
event for pets, and brought her therapy dog Link with her. The pup being

(More...)

Cancer and me: My story

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:56:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYa0rrZR3Eg

"This is my story, not much else to say about that. But I hope you enjoy
and helps some learn and understand."

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Cool sculpture creates moiré pattern when viewed

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:57:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/04/14/cool-sculpture-creates-moire-p.html

"Constructive Interference is a laser-cut sculpture that demonstrates
the "double slit" phenomenon that causes periodic wave patterns."

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This is Our Best Attempt at a Functioning STAR TREK Tricorder

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:58:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://nerdist.com/xprize-star-trek-tricorder/

"Pennsylvania-based team Final Frontier Medical Devices, led by Dr.
Basil Harris, has won the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, awarded to them not
in on the final frontier, but in the heart of Hollywood."

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An open letter on fluoride, science and kindness

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:59:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://matterchatter.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/an-open-letter-on-fluoride-science-and-kindness/>

The punchline: “We’re all smart. Distinguish yourself by being kind“

Via andrew mcmillan.

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Sustainable Style: What happens to the clothes you donate to op shops?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:22:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/sustainable-style-what-happens-to-the-clothes-you-donate-to-opshops-20170328-gv8hgl.html>

"Our fashion habit is out of control. We're buying more and more clothes, at
cheaper and cheaper prices, and it's unsustainable."

(More...)

The Crisis of Retail

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:23:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/willbe-group/the-crisis-of-retail-ee8c9906c860

"Does Shopping Still Have a Future? What if Shoppers Became Makers?"

A significant trend.

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Want to make land use sustainable? It’s a wicked problem

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:23:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/04/want-to-make-land-use-sustainable-its-a-wicked-problem/>

"Using Australia as a case study confirms that it’s hard to have it all."

These are really hard problems. Hopefully we will eventually get

(More...)

Steve Jobs’ custom Apple I and other historic machines are on display at Seattle museum

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:24:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/17/steve-jobs-custom-apple-i-and-other-historic-machines-are-on-display-at-seattle-museum/>

"Long before the iPhone or even the Mac, Apple was a handful of people
working in an industry that was only just beginning to take the idea of
personal computing seriously. In the earliest days of those early days,

(More...)

Exclusive: Jungle Puppies Captured on Film for the First Time

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:56:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/04/jungle-dogs-peru-amazon-rare/

"A new effort to catalog animals in Peru's rain forests has captured
some incredible footage of a rarely seen canine."

(More...)

How Western civilization could collapse

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:57:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170418-how-western-civilisation-could-collapse>

"Some possible precipitating factors are already in place. How the West
reacts to them will determine the world’s future, says Rachel Nuwer."

(More...)

DirtPainting, Incredibly Detailed Drawings Created on the Empty Canvases of Dust Laden Vehicles

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:58:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://laughingsquid.com/dirtpainting-incredibly-detailed-drawings-created-on-the-empty-canvases-of-dust-laden-vehicles/>

"Russian artist Nikita Bolubev aka ProBoyNick has created an incredible
series of street art that he calls “Dirt Painting”. With this technique,
Bolubev cleverly uses the dust from neglected vehicles as the canvases

(More...)

Elephants Have Surprising Level of Self-Understanding

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:59:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.sci-news.com/biology/elephants-body-awareness-04790.html

"According to new research, Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) are able
to recognize their own bodies as obstacles to success in
problem-solving, further strengthening evidence of their intelligence."

(More...)

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