Glass Wings Blog: May 2017

Canadian Photographer Captures Polar Bears Playing In Flower Fields

Mon, 1 May 2017 19:38:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/polar-bear-playing-flower-field-dennis-fast/

"We rarely see polar bears outside of a snowy Arctic environment, but
these bears are no strangers to having fun in the summer! In a rare
series of images by Canadian photographer Dennis Fast, these white

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Two Adorable But Incredibly Defensive Tamanduas (Anteaters) Meet for the Very First Time

Mon, 1 May 2017 19:39:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://laughingsquid.com/two-adorable-but-incredibly-defensive-tamanduas-anteaters-meet-for-the-very-first-time/>

"In February 2016, a film crew from Great Big Story had an opportunity
to observe Tammi and Lucho, two very cute but highly defensive tamanduas
who were meeting for the very first time."

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The Pencilsword: What about the renters?

Mon, 1 May 2017 19:40:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://thewireless.co.nz/articles/the-pencilsword-what-about-the-renters

This issue is not limited to New Zealand.  Via Citizen Gold.

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Yes, the climate has always changed. This comic shows why that’s no comfort.

Tue, 2 May 2017 16:20:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.vox.com/2016/9/12/12891814/climate-change-xkcd-graphic

"Randall Munroe, the author of the webcomic XKCD, has a habit of making
wonderfully lucid infographics on otherwise difficult scientific topics.
Everyone should check his take on global warming."

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SciShow and Gendered Language

Tue, 2 May 2017 16:22:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@hankgreen/scishow-and-gendered-language-ed54e6895b7d

"Getting angry and claiming that someone is policing language if they phrase
things any other way than the way that suggests agreement with your worldview
is attempting to police language."

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Pilot Zac Cox explains how he kept calm during emergency landing at Archerfield Airport

Tue, 2 May 2017 16:25:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-28/zac-cox-pilot-explains-archerfield-landing/8481308

"A pilot who made an emergency landing at Brisbane's Archerfield Airport when
the plane's landing gear failed says he can't wait to get back in the air."

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Just 8 men own same wealth as half the world

Wed, 3 May 2017 20:36:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2017-01-16/just-8-men-own-same-wealth-half-world>

"Oxfam’s report, ‘An economy for the 99 percent’, shows that the gap
between rich and poor is far greater than had been feared."

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They Go Together: Freedom, Prosperity, and Big Government

Wed, 3 May 2017 20:38:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://evonomics.com/freedom-prosperity-big-government/

"Countries with larger government sectors tend to have more personal
freedom"

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The AI Cargo Cult: The Myth of a Superhuman AI

Wed, 3 May 2017 20:39:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://backchannel.com/the-myth-of-a-superhuman-ai-59282b686c62

"I’ve heard that in the future computerized AIs will become so much
smarter than us that they will take all our jobs and resources, and
humans will go extinct. Is this true?"

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On Policing Disability

Thu, 4 May 2017 20:09:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@carolynzaikowski/on-policing-disability-5524145d0528

"Given the tricky situations that can arise when we have to take care of
ourselves in the face of stereotypes about what disability is “supposed”
to be, many people with invisible or sometimes-invisible conditions

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the magic in unbelonging

Thu, 4 May 2017 20:10:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://fityourself.club/the-magic-in-unbelonging-71942cceeec7

"A lot of us in school attached ourselves to a popular kid who made fun
of us publicly. There’s a strange validation in being ridiculed by the
right people. Sure it hurts, but at least it confirms to everyone that

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How a Professional Climate Change Denier Discovered the Lies and Decided to Fight for Science

Thu, 4 May 2017 20:11:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theintercept.com/2017/04/28/how-a-professional-climate-change-denier-discovered-the-lies-and-decided-to-fight-for-science/>

"The hardest part of reversing the warming of the planet may be
convincing climate change skeptics of the need to do so."

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Why we should all have a basic income

Fri, 5 May 2017 18:49:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/01/why-we-should-all-have-a-basic-income>

"Consider for a moment that from this day forward, on the first day of
every month, around $1,000 is deposited into your bank account – because
you are a citizen. This income is independent of every other source of

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How a Supermarket Sales Gimmick Has Become a Major Driver of Climate Change

Fri, 5 May 2017 18:50:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.alternet.org/environment/how-supermarket-sales-gimmick-has-become-major-driver-climate-chnge>

"As uneaten food rots in landfills, it releases a greenhouse gas more
potent than carbon dioxide."

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Netherlands to Australia-Overland | Fully Charged

Fri, 5 May 2017 18:51:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex585HR0wBs

"Wiebe Wakker is an amazing Dutch explorer who had the some might
suggest insane notion of driving from the Netherlands to Australia in an
electric car. And not even a new electric car."

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The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence

Sat, 6 May 2017 18:29:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/it/the-lost-picture-show-hollywood-archivists-cant-outpace-obsolescence>

"Studios invested heavily in magnetic-tape storage for film archiving
but now struggle to keep up with the technology"

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Creative Commons Is Resurrecting Palmyra

Sat, 6 May 2017 18:31:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170428/08073037256/creative-commons-is-resurrecting-palmyra.shtml>

"Creative Commons launched its 2017 Global Summit today with a rather
moving surprise: a seven-foot-tall 3D printed replica of the Tetrapylon
from Palmyra, Syria."

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The End of the Australian Dream?

Sat, 6 May 2017 18:32:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/opinion/the-end-of-the-australian-dream.html>

"Let me tell you a fairy tale called Australia. Despite what you may
have heard about snakes and spiders and sharks, the remarkable thing
about Australia is not its danger but its safety."

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Paweł Zadrożniak: The Floppotron

Sat, 6 May 2017 18:33:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/user/sh4dowww90/videos

What fun! Lots of great songs.

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Legendary Instruments - Jean Michel Jarre

Sun, 7 May 2017 13:15:32 +1000

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

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

Jean Michel Jarre demonstrates some of the vintage synths he used at the
beginning of his career.

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The idea of “one true calling” is a romanticized lie

Sun, 7 May 2017 13:16:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://qz.com/968010/you-dont-need-to-have-one-true-calling-to-live-a-happy-fulfilling-life/>

"Do you remember being asked as a little kid what you wanted to be when
you grew up? How did you feel?"

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Artist Creates Giant Wood Sculptures and Hides Them in Copenhagen Forests

Sun, 7 May 2017 13:17:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://mymodernmet.com/thomas-dambo-giant-wood-sculptures/

"Over the last three years, Danish artist Thomas Dambo has been creating
enormous sculptures from recycled materials. Most recently, he sprinkled
six of his friendly giants around Copenhagen as a way to encourage

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The midwife who saved intersex babies

Sun, 7 May 2017 13:19:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39780214

"Five years ago a midwife in Kenya delivered a child with male and female
sexual organs. The father told her to kill it, but instead she hid it and
raised it as her own. Two years later, the same thing happened again - and

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The psychological importance of wasting time

Mon, 8 May 2017 22:52:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://qz.com/970924/the-psychological-importance-of-wasting-time/

"There will always be an endless list of chores to complete and work to
do, and a culture of relentless productivity tells us to get to it right
away and feel terribly guilty about any time wasted. But the truth is, a

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The music industry’s sense of entitlement. How to get the money rolling again.

Mon, 8 May 2017 22:53:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://rocknerd.co.uk/2017/05/04/the-music-industrys-sense-of-entitlement-how-to-get-the-money-rolling-again/>

"This is the music industry forgetting that they live entirely off
discretionary income. That’s the stuff spare after rent and food and
medicine. When times are tough, attitudes are hard, and people stop

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Dumb & Dumber: The Global Assault on Environmental Laws

Mon, 8 May 2017 22:56:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://alert-conservation.org/issues-research-highlights/2017/5/4/the-assault-on-environmental-laws>

"Without environmental laws we'd all be breathing polluted air, drinking
foul water, and living in a perpetual silent spring -- where nature and
wildlife had long ago vanished."

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What Ecuador can teach us about poverty relief

Tue, 9 May 2017 19:53:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/04/giving-money-to-the-poor-does-work-just-look-at-ecuador>

"Is eradicating poverty, a goal the United Nations’ hopes to achieve by
2030, actually feasible? New research out of Ecuador says yes – if
governments are willing to pay for it."

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The Only One In Here

Tue, 9 May 2017 19:54:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://artplusmarketing.com/the-only-one-in-here-ea53c78cb1da

Lovely.

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The end of wild elephants? Why we must not let Africa become one giant food farm

Tue, 9 May 2017 19:54:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/06/the-end-of-wild-elephants-why-we-must-not-let-africa-become-one-giant-food-farm>

"The world’s rapid population rise risks turning Africa into one giant
farm with no room for wildlife. We need to think again, says the head of
UN Environment"

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How Moral Panics Can Turn Into Therapeutic Tools: The Dungeons And Dragons Edition

Wed, 10 May 2017 23:20:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170502/10104037288/how-moral-panics-can-turn-into-therapeutic-tools-dungeons-dragons-edition.shtml>

"It seems there must be something in our human DNA, something that
hasn't been filtered out over the generations, that causes the masses to
engage in moral panics. When you peruse our previous posts about moral

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Hanging by a thread: How the online nerdy T-shirt economy exists in an IP world

Wed, 10 May 2017 23:21:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2017/05/hanging-by-a-thread-how-the-online-nerdy-t-shirt-economy-exists-in-an-ip-world/>

"If big media has legal muscle, why can you buy Link racing Harley Quinn
on a shirt?"

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The Heart of the Matter: The Security of Women, The Security of States

Wed, 10 May 2017 23:23:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.armyupress.army.mil/Journals/Military-Review/English-Edition-Archives/May-June-2017/Hudson-Heart-of-the-Matter/>

"In this article, we argue that there is another more fundamental, and
perhaps more powerful, explanatory factor than those conventionally
suggested that must be considered when examining issues of state

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This Japanese Sleep Cafe Will Let You Nap in a $9,000 Bed

Thu, 11 May 2017 23:48:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.extracrispy.com/culture/2394/this-japanese-sleep-cafe-will-let-you-nap-in-a-9000-bed>

"Right now in Japan, you can go to a cafe for the best nap of your life.
Filled with $9000 beds, mood lighting that is under your control, and
Sony Walkman-and-headphone sets loaded up with snoozy, smooth saxophone

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Previews of the amazing CGI and audio tech coming at SIGGRAPH

Thu, 11 May 2017 23:48:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/05/06/previews-of-the-amazing-cgi-an.html

"You want to see visualizations of the vorticity fields around the
flapping wings of hummingbirds, don't you?"

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This Computer Language Is Feeding Hacker Values into Young Minds

Thu, 11 May 2017 23:50:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://backchannel.com/the-kids-computer-language-that-became-a-mind-bomb-for-the-hacker-ethic-a0b7e42c229d>

"At 10, Scratch is a popular tool to teach kids programming. But its
real glory is how it imparts lessons in sharing, logic, and hackerism."

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The Hot New Millennial Housing Trend Is a Repeat of the Middle Ages

Fri, 12 May 2017 22:39:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/millennial-housing-communal-living-middle-ages/501467/>

"Communal living is hardly a departure from tradition—it's a return to
how humans have been making their homes for thousands of years."

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Top Misconceptions People Have about Pulp-Era Science Fiction

Fri, 12 May 2017 22:40:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://vintagegeekculture.tumblr.com/post/156858872976/top-misconceptions-people-have-about-pulp-era>

"A lot of people I run into have all kinds of misconceptions about what
pulp-era scifi, from the 1920s-1950s, was actually like."

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BEEBOT Wooden Puzzle Drone for Kids

Fri, 12 May 2017 22:41:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.gadgetify.com/beebot-wooden-puzzle-drone/

"We have covered plenty of cool drones and RC toys here in the past. The
BEEBOT is quite unique though. It is a wooden puzzle drone that you can
build and fly at your own pace. The circuit is pre-built, so you won’t

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Ozzy the Weasel Adorably Interrupts His Human’s Video Games by Playing With His Thumb

Sat, 13 May 2017 14:46:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/desk-weasel-interrupts-video-games/

This is a few years old, but so cute! Check out all the Ozzy videos.

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Gorgeous Paper Sculptures of Endangered Species

Sat, 13 May 2017 14:46:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/endangered-species-paper-sculptures/

"Artist Patrick Cabral has created an absolutely beautiful line of cut
paper sculptures made in the image of endangered animals. Included in
this series are the pangolin, white rhinoceros, sea turtle, dhole, lynx,

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How Borrowing Ideas Can Offer a Fresh Perspective Through the Changing Context of Time

Sat, 13 May 2017 14:47:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/case-for-copying/

"When artists copy, we recognize that they’re making fresh meanings
through their interaction with signs and symbols and bits of information
already out in the world"

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Matt Linton: Lifeguard story

Sun, 14 May 2017 22:29:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/112084407909151089686/posts/91p6EwAuvk5

'When I was a teen, I worked as a lifeguard. And one summer I worked at
the city's "Formerly" segregated blacks-only pool. I say formerly in
quotes because for all practical purposes it was still a blacks-only pool.'

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This one small language tweak could change our views of refugees

Sun, 14 May 2017 22:30:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/11/15220754/increase-empathy-strangers>

"It’s easy to stoke fears of faceless refugee masses. Here’s a small way
to fight back."

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Creative Commons' New Strategy for a Collaborative Organizational Structure

Sun, 14 May 2017 22:31:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.shareable.net/blog/creative-commons-new-strategy-for-a-collaborative-organizational-structure>

"There are substantial problems with copyright issues — notably, the
burden it places on people from being able to freely quote, remix, and
build upon cultural works. The public's right to do these things is

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Real Ways to Support Mothers Beyond Mother’s Day

Tue, 16 May 2017 20:01:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@honeystaysuper/real-ways-to-support-mothers-beyond-mothers-day-7fb0d5325957>

"While I don’t want to give the impression that all of us mothers get
down off the cross to partake of the one strawberry you put on a plate
and/or the card you grabbed at the supermarket right after you saw the

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Super Nebula Author Showcase Book Bundle

Tue, 16 May 2017 20:02:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.humblebundle.com/books/super-nebula-book-bundle

"The sky's no limit anymore. Enter the Super Nebula bundle, a
star-studded compilation of some of the best works of speculative
fiction ever published. Every year, the Science Fiction and Fantasy

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CHANGE - A Homeless Survival Game

Tue, 16 May 2017 20:03:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1971413574/change-a-homeless-survival-game/>

"CHANGE is an emotional homeless survival experience set in a randomly
generated city with rogue-like elements, from the creators of the award
winning PONCHO."

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138 LINCOLN ROAD Croydon For Sale

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:00:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Our house is now officially for sale and open for inspection starting
this Saturday. Please pass it on if you know anyone looking to buy! Thanks.

http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-vic-croydon-125489162

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I am not white on the inside, yellow on the outside. I’m what you call an Asian American.

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:05:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@sherina.ong/i-am-not-white-on-the-inside-yellow-on-the-outside-i-m-what-you-call-an-asian-american-f8e59b178f81>

"She was challenging me to a Whiteness Competition. We were at a country
karaoke bar, the honky-tonk kind I’d only ever seen in Texas and
couldn’t believe existed in the middle of Northern Virginia. It was my

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Let’s Unpack the Damage of Being Labeled High- or Low-Functioning

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:07:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://everydayfeminism.com/2017/03/unpacking-high-and-low-functioning/

"Two best friends are both disabled – but one is called
“high-functioning,” while the other is called “low-functioning.”

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A new book ranks the top 100 solutions to climate change. The results are surprising.

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:30:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/5/10/15589038/top-100-solutions-climate-change-ranked>

"A chat with Paul Hawken about his ambitious new effort to “map,
measure, and model” global warming solutions."

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9 popular online courses that are gone forever… and how you can still find them

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:31:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.freecodecamp.com/9-popular-online-courses-that-are-gone-forever-and-how-you-can-still-find-them-a716ddf8e1d9>

"Since free online courses first took off back in late 2011, more than
7,000 online courses have been created by over 700 universities worldwide."

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This free course can teach you music programming basics in less than an hour

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:32:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.freecodecamp.com/this-free-course-can-teach-you-music-programming-basics-in-less-than-an-hour-67f8a6f283f>

"If you enjoy listening to music, but don’t know much about how it all
works on a structural level, this course is for you."

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Why cyber warfare isn’t

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:39:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://blog.plan99.net/why-cyber-warfare-isnt-9db27b4d50e0

"Today’s malware attack is the expected result of intelligence policy"

How we all became so vulnerable.

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MySpace Tries To Play Dead To Avoid Lawsuits

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:40:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170512/01141837345/myspace-tries-to-play-dead-to-avoid-lawsuits.shtml>

"Yes, let's get this out of the way already, so you don't need to make
this joke in the comments: as a social network, MySpace is considered
pretty damn dead already. It lost its cool many, many years ago."

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For sharing a scientific paper, a young researcher faces jail time

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:41:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.statnews.com/2017/05/12/copyright-paper-science-jail/

"Could a young scientist really be facing serious jail time for sharing
a single article with his colleagues?"

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A Growing Baby Elephant Adorably Disrupts the Home of the Generous Woman Who Took Her In

Sat, 20 May 2017 22:58:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/baby-elephant-disrupts-home/

"In an adorable preview for the BBC Earth Show Nature’s Miracle
Orphans
, a heartily growing rescued baby elephant named Moyo
(mistakenly identified as male) is a veritable “bull in a china shop”

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The Grind Of Touring With A (No Longer Relevant) Rock Band

Sat, 20 May 2017 22:59:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2487-realities-rock-star-life-50-years-after-fame.html>

"The band's star faded, as all stars do, but they never stopped playing.
Half a century later, night after night, pounding out those same damned
songs for (in many cases) the same damned fans. That sounded

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Brown in America: A lesson in internalized whiteness

Sat, 20 May 2017 23:00:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@realtalkwocandallies/brown-in-america-a-lesson-in-internalized-whiteness-6baad6150ddf>

"I have been writing a memoir about this for the past three years, and
the first line is, “There are two versions of me, and both are true.” I
can’t think of a better way to sum it up."

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Ten Myths About Machine Learning

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:17:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@pedromdd/ten-myths-about-machine-learning-d888b48334a3>

"Learning algorithms drive cars, translate speech, and win at Jeopardy!
What can and can’t they do? Are they the beginning of the end of
privacy, work, even the human race?"

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Once You Have Made Pornography

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:18:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://theestablishment.co/once-you-have-made-pornography-8720910befdc

"Pornography will change your life. There is no way to fully convey to
you the absoluteness of this. The magnitude with which this is true.
This is not the kind of job that recedes softly into the rearview after

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Free Speech and Hate Speech

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:20:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://extranewsfeed.com/free-speech-and-hate-speech-17a1eaf1e78

"...laws which are “blind” to asymmetries which exist in the world have
asymmetric results."

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From Bieber to Embalming and Back Again

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:21:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://electricliterature.com/from-bieber-to-embalming-and-back-again-92094ba6e957>

“Night Thoughts,” an essay by Matthew Vollmer

Now that's an essay. Yes indeed.

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All fossil-fuel vehicles will vanish in 8 years in twin ‘death spiral’ for big oil and big autos, says study that’s shocking the industries

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:33:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://business.financialpost.com/news/transportation/fossil-fuel-vehicles-will-vanish-in-8-years-in-twin-death-spiral-for-big-oil-and-big-autos-says-study-that-shocking-the-industry>

"No more petrol or diesel cars, buses, or trucks will be sold anywhere in the
world within eight years. The entire market for land transport will switch to
electrification, leading to a collapse of oil prices and the demise of the

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Faith in Daisy Chains

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:35:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://katherinephelps.com/2017/05/faith-in-daisy-chains/

'If people are suffering, myself included, you cannot fully alleviate that
suffering until you get at the heart of the problem. You have to be willing to
stare the unvarnished truth in the face and go, “Okay, if that’s how things are

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The Amazing Story of Kentucky's Horseback Librarians (10 Photos)

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:36:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://archiveproject.com/the-horseback-librarians-of-eastern-kentucky-10-photos

"In the years after the Great Depression, President Roosevelt enacted The New
Deal to help get people back on their feet.  This allowed for some truly
creative projects to spring up, and one of them was the Pack Horse Library

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“I just choose to not listen”: why Trump supporters are tuning out the scandals

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:12:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/18/15659394/trump-supporters-motivated-ignorance>

"Here’s a simple truth: We find inconvenient political facts to be
genuinely unpleasant. Psychologists theorize that’s because our partisan
identities get mixed up with our personal identities — which would mean

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Molly Hill reveals how dream trip to Hawaii turned into a nightmare

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:13:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/molly-hill-reveals-how-dream-trip-to-hawaii-turned-into-a-nightmare/news-story/b3833259e7ffe3e130dbf73c852f2f82?nk=ac6d0ad976fa4c72c1a10008041ae2c5-1495616974>

"MELBOURNE woman Molly Hill had planned a romantic Hawaiian holiday with
her boyfriend, but ended up in jail because of what she wrote in her diary."

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My Family’s Slave

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:16:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/06/lolas-story/524490/

"She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without
pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was."

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How we taught dozens of refugees to code, then helped them get developer jobs

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:25:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.freecodecamp.com/how-we-taught-dozens-of-refugees-to-code-then-helped-them-get-developer-jobs-fd37036c13b0>

"The way I see it, immigration in itself is neither positive nor
negative. It’s about how you as a society make an effort to make
immigration work."

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Schooling for Myths and Powerlessness

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:26:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/18/schooling-for-myths-and-powerlessness-2/>

'In school we learned that our country was number one, the greatest in
the world. We sang “Onward Christian Soldiers” in music class. Being the
“greatest” was neither defined nor questioned. We simply had a vague

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3.93-Feet: Omar The Maine Coon Cat Might Be World's Longest Cat

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:28:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://geekologie.com/2017/05/393-feet-omar-the-maine-coon-cat-might-b.php>

"Omar measures 3.93-feet from nose to tail (the previous longest was
3.88-feet), weighs 30.86 pounds, and isn't finished growing. Damn that's
a big kitty!"

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‘I never wanted to be with a man’: escaping Russia for Canada

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:27:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.prospektmag.com/2017/05/escaping-russia-canada-forbidden-love/>

"The remarkable story of a woman from Russia who escaped to Canada in a
sailboat to be with the woman she loves"

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Italy Is Giving Away Old Castles For Free, And Here’s How You Can Get One

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:28:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/italy-gives-away-free-castles/

"If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own castle, now’s your chance.
Italy is giving away 103 run-down properties, including villas, inns,
and castles for free. That means anyone can start building their

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Drones and AI help stop poaching in Africa

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:28:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/21/drones-ai-help-stop-poaching-africa/

"The system is designed to prevent poachers from reaching their targets."

Via Rob Jongschaap and Emmanuel Taban.

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No, I Won’t Be Just Fine

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:41:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thecoffeelicious.com/when-you-unexpectedly-get-completely-broke-191f3728440>

"I’m writing this in hope that it will make you see how this can indeed
happen to anyone, and when and if it does, you’d be extremely lucky to
be able to pick up the pieces without external help. If you are left

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When no one is left: The crisis in Australian arts coverage

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:42:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.themonthly.com.au/blog/anwen-crawford/2017/09/2017/1494287908/when-no-one-left>

"This country’s culture is being starved, and with it any opportunity to
understand ourselves as something other than subjects of a ruthless
economy. We are in crisis."

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It Is Really Important to Humanize Evil

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:43:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/05/it-is-really-important-to-humanize-evil.html>

"Once in awhile, a long, complicated magazine story hits the internet
like a tidal wave, suddenly pulling everyone’s attention in the same
direction, at least for a day or two, and spawning a thousand

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Cybersecurity has never been more important. Here’s how you can keep up.

Sun, 28 May 2017 12:25:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.freecodecamp.com/if-you-want-to-stay-up-to-speed-with-cybersecurity-subscribe-to-these-six-newsletters-in-a-hurry-3940c9fd419f>

"Privacy, security, digital rights, free expression, the open
web — these are all raging issues that trace back to the fundamental
mechanics of networks."

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Women pioneered computer programming. Then men took their industry over.

Sun, 28 May 2017 12:26:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://timeline.com/women-pioneered-computer-programming-then-men-took-their-industry-over-c2959b822523>

"The male-washing of the programming industry actually mirrors
filmmaking in this way. In the early days of movies—in the 1910s and
20s—screenwriting and editing were women’s work. Then, the Hollywood

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The Ultimate List of Wonderfully Specific Museums

Sun, 28 May 2017 12:27:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/the-ultimate-list-of-wonderfully-specific-museums>

"You might wonder, how can a museum sustain an entire collection of
bananas? Or dog collars? Or takeaway sushi dishes? Most of these museums
grew out of one person’s obsession. By amassing thousands of the same

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Selfish People Need Selfish Stories

Mon, 29 May 2017 19:47:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://bullshit.ist/selfish-people-need-selfish-stories-f53bfb3cc64f

"Privilege will most often try to maintain power. That shifts when
people don’t like what they see in the mirror."

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True Heroes

Mon, 29 May 2017 19:49:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@muse_9093/true-heroes-7bf18da17648

"We must actively do what we can to make a better world. Join and change
parties from within."

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: Marine Biology

Mon, 29 May 2017 19:51:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/marine-biology

A little too close for comfort...

Via Marius Piedallu van Wyk.

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How Fonts Are Fueling the Culture Wars

Tue, 30 May 2017 20:58:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://backchannel.com/how-fonts-are-fueling-the-culture-wars-f9d692101fea>

"Pay attention: Typography isn’t just catchy visuals. It can also be
dangerous."

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If You Want to Be Creative, Don’t Be Data Driven

Tue, 30 May 2017 20:59:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/microsoft-design/if-you-want-to-be-creative-dont-be-data-driven-55db74078eda>

"3 Ideas that will completely change how you think about data"

Good advice.

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#BritishThreatLevels hashtag delivers stoical humour in the face of terror

Tue, 30 May 2017 21:00:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/24/britishthreatlevels-hashtag-british-character-social-media-terror-british-threat-levels>

"Social media jokes exploit the quirks of British national character to
lighten the mood after some difficult days"

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Whatever: The Poverty “State of Mind”

Wed, 31 May 2017 23:28:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://whatever.scalzi.com/2017/05/25/the-poverty-state-of-mind/

"My thought on poverty in the United State being a “state of mind” is
that what it really is, to a rather larger extent, is a lack of access —
to money, to education, to opportunities, to adequate housing, to

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Watch the Crazy Moment This Helicopter Lands on a Road Railing

Wed, 31 May 2017 23:29:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://interestingengineering.com/video/watch-crazy-moment-helicopter-lands-road-railing/>

"While an onboard passenger disembarks, the helicopter pilot balanced
off the road’s safety rail with the tail end slightly bouncing in mid-air."

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I’m a reporter in Mexico. My life is in danger. But the United States wouldn’t give me asylum

Wed, 31 May 2017 23:30:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/thewashingtonpost/im-a-reporter-in-mexico-my-life-is-in-danger-but-the-united-states-wouldn-t-give-me-asylum-daa578be842e>

"On Feb. 5, I walked into the United States from Mexico and turned
myself over to immigration authorities for the purpose of seeking
political asylum. But even though I have good reason to fear for my

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