Glass Wings Blog: June 2017

Deep Intellect

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 23:56:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://orionmagazine.org/article/deep-intellect/

"I have always loved octopuses. No sci-fi alien is so startlingly strange. Here
is someone who, even if she grows to one hundred pounds and stretches more than
eight feet long, could still squeeze her boneless body through an opening the

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When you walk into the valley

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 23:57:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/indian-thoughts/when-you-walk-into-the-valley-933ff8c079c0>

"I get a minimum of one person per week asking me to help them navigate
the complexities of race. Every one of them is atomic––each person sees
themselves as asking one small request as if it is the only one I have.

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FEAR & UNbalanced: Confessions of a 14-Year Fox News Hitman

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 23:58:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@tobinsmith_95851/how-roger-ailes-fox-news-scammed-americas-la-z-boy-cowboys-for-21-years-1996ee4a6b3e>

"How Roger Ailes & Fox News Got Rich Scamming America’s La Z Boy Cowboys
and Selling Out America’s Soul"

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Probably Still the Chosen One

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 17:48:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/probably-still-chosen-one/

A beautiful story.

Via Muse, who wrote:

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Researchers create interactive touchscreen for dolphins

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 17:49:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://scienceblog.com/494200/researchers-create-interactive-touchscreen-dolphins/>

"Dolphins are highly intelligent and social animals, but can they use a
smartphone built just for them? Yes, scientists have discovered—they can
even play games like Whack-a-Mole with little training."

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Last chance: CHANGE - A Homeless Survival Game

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 17:50:52 +1000

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

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

"If you became homeless... what would you do? CHANGE is an emotional
survival experience from the creators of the award winning PONCHO."

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OPENSCORE: Join the sheet music revolution!

Sat, 3 Jun 2017 18:38:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/openscore/openscore-join-the-sheet-music-revolution>

"Bring sheet music to life by creating digital interactive editions.
Free for everyone, for any purpose, for evermore!"

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MetaLimbs Gives You an Extra Pair of Robotic Hands

Sat, 3 Jun 2017 18:40:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/31/metalimbs-gives-you-an-extra-pair-of-robotic-hands-wearablewednesday/>

"Based at the University of Tokyo, researchers at the Inami Laboratory
saw our limited number of limbs as a problem they could engineer a
solution to. MetaLimbs, or Multiple Arts Interaction Metamorphism, is a

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Scientists are testing a “vaccine” against climate change denial

Sat, 3 Jun 2017 18:41:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/31/15713838/inoculation-climate-change-denial>

"In the battle between facts and fake news, facts are at a disadvantage.
Researchers have found that facts alone rarely dislodge misperceptions,
and in some cases even strengthen mistaken beliefs."

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Darci Lynne: 12-Year-Old Singing Ventriloquist Gets Golden Buzzer - America's Got Talent 2017

Sun, 4 Jun 2017 18:59:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk_qLtk0m2c

"12-year-old who uses ventriloquism to overcome her shyness stuns the
crowd with a surprising singing act! See her wow everyone and get a
Golden Buzzer from Mel B."

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Report Heartland Institute sent to influence US teachers on climate change earns an “F” from scientists

Sun, 4 Jun 2017 18:59:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://climatefeedback.org/report-heartland-institute-sent-to-influence-us-teachers-on-climate-change-earns-an-f-from-scientists/>

Combatting misinformation and lies.  Via Kam-Yung Soh.

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10+ Unbelievable Balloon Animals By Japanese Artist Masayoshi Matsumoto

Sun, 4 Jun 2017 19:00:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/balloon-art-masayoshi-matsumoto-japan/

"Everyone would love Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto at their
birthday party. This remarkable balloon artist has already made a name
for himself but now he's back with even more incredibly intricate animal

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A Class Act

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 22:54:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@muse_9093/a-class-act-48cc43dcaf93

"Both the US and Australia have a bone to pick with British hierarchy.
The US are very proud of having knocked the monarchy off their thrones
in that country. Of course once you have opened the door to violent

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ABDUCTION | Chris & Jack

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 22:55:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ug6gAO8n0s

"Dave gets abducted for a routine examination."

Via Muse, who wrote: "Superb piece of comedy!"

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Ghibli theme park scheduled to open on former Aichi expo site in 2020s

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 22:56:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/06/01/business/ghibli-theme-park-scheduled-open-former-aichi-expo-site-2020s/>

"In collaboration with Studio Ghibli Inc., based in the western Tokyo
suburb of Koganei, the tentatively named “Ghibli Park” will be built to
restage situations and landscapes portrayed in Miyazaki’s 1988 film “My

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“How old is the shepherd?” — The problem that shook school mathematics

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 23:03:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://mystudentvoices.com/how-old-is-the-shepherd-the-problem-that-shook-school-mathematics-ad89b565fff>

"There are 125 sheep and 5 dogs in a flock. How old is the shepherd?"

Once you teach people that there must always be a textbook solution,

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Here’s what happened when Iran introduced a basic income

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 23:04:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://theoutline.com/post/1613/iran-introduces-basic-income

"Our results do not indicate a negative labor supply effect for either
hours worked or the probability of participation in market work."

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Watch The Movements Of Every Refugee On Earth Since The Year 2000

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 23:05:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.fastcompany.com/40423720/watch-the-movements-of-every-refugee-on-earth-since-the-year-2000>

"The story we tell ourselves about the refugee crisis is very different
from the reality."

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How To Use Social Media To Change The World, One Mind At A Time

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 15:22:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/personal-growth/how-to-use-social-media-to-change-the-world-one-mind-at-a-time-dda3d10566c4>

"The one thing I noticed about the question was that it was asked in a
very self-absorbed way. The questioner lists a whole bunch of negative,
self-associated traits, which leads me to think he or she is stuck in a

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Below the poverty line: The real cost of being a university student

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 15:23:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/abc-news-australia/below-the-poverty-line-the-real-cost-of-being-a-university-student-28a978cd8da0>

"Uni life has always been somewhat synonymous with poverty. But students
and social workers say things have got much worse, forcing some to
abandon their studies."

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The Case for Less Solidarity

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 15:25:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://nautil.us/issue/48/chaos/the-case-for-less-solidarity

"If empathy deficits fuel social divisions, why doesn’t empathy building
salve them?"

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Couple Spends 26 Years Replanting A Rainforest They Bought In 1991, And Here’s How It Looks Today

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 22:56:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.boredpanda.com/wildlife-forest-protection-sai-sanctuary-india/>

"Pamela Gale Malhotra and her husband, Anil Malhotra, own Sai Sanctuary,
the only private wildlife sanctuary in India and have been replanting
and protecting forests and wildlife since it’s foundation in 1991.

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Google’s Got a Fun Wonder Woman Game to Teach Kids to Code

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 22:57:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.themarysue.com/wonder-woman-teach-kids-to-code/

"There are many ways in which superheroes can inspire kids, but what
about going beyond moral lessons and teaching specific practical skills?
Google’s Made with Code is doing just that, and they’re using the

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Meet four dedicated Australian women changing the face of activism

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 22:58:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/meet-four-dedicated-australian-women-changing-the-face-of-activism-20170531-gwh3gh.html>

"Being an activist once meant chaining yourself to trees, marching
through the streets with placards or penning hundreds of letters.
However the face of activism is changing as passionate campaigners grab

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Elephants Learn To Work Together - Super Smart Animals - BBC Earth

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 21:05:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq7vAGGSjVM

"These amazing elephants are put through their paces to challenge their
cognitive ability when dealing with a complex level of cooperation, more
often associated with human beings."

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Title Drops, A Montage of 150 Movie Characters Saying the Actual Title of Their Film

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 21:05:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://laughingsquid.com/movie-characters-saying-the-title-of-their-film/>

"London film enthusiast Roman Holiday has created “Title Drops,” a
montage video of movie characters saying the actual title of their film."

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How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 21:07:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://qz.com/999729/how-to-protect-yourself-when-you-fall/

"Falls are one of life’s great overlooked perils. We fear terror attacks, shark
bites, Ebola outbreaks and other minutely remote dangers, yet over 420,000
people die worldwide each year after falling."

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My wife surprised her coworkers when she came out as trans. Then they surprised her.

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 18:11:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.upworthy.com/my-wife-surprised-her-coworkers-when-she-came-out-as-trans-then-they-surprised-her>

"It's been a slow, often challenging process of telling people something
so personal and scary, but pretty much everyone has been amazing."

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AI Plant and Animal Identification Helps Us All Be Citizen Scientists

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 18:13:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ai-plant-and-animal-identification-helps-us-all-be-citizen-scientists-180963525/>

"Apps that use artificial intelligence to allow users to ID unknown
specimens are making science more accessible to everyone."

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We haven’t had a recession in decades, so why do Australians feel so poor?

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 18:14:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@TheAustraliaInstitute/we-havent-had-a-recession-in-decades-so-why-do-australians-feel-so-poor-829074c37927>

"Australia now holds the record for the longest period of growth without
a technical recession. If this is the case then why do the vast majority
of us all feel so poor?"

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The 10 most beautiful ceilings in the world

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:08:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160317-the-10-most-beautiful-ceilings-in-the-world>

"Some of the world’s most glorious sights can only be experienced if you
crane your neck. Jonathan Glancey looks up."

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The Advantage of Being a Little Underemployed

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:08:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/advantage-being-little-underemployed-morgan-housel>

"The biggest employment change of the last century is the number of
careers that shifted from physically exhausting to mentally exhausting.
From doing stuff with your arms to doing stuff with your head."

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The tech world is rallying around a young developer who made a huge, embarrassing mistake

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:09:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://qz.com/999495/the-tech-world-is-rallying-around-a-young-developer-who-made-a-huge-embarrassing-mistake/>

'“How screwed am I?” asked a recent user on Reddit, before sharing a
mortifying story. On the first day as a junior software developer at a
first salaried job out of college, his or her copy-and-paste error

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The Last Decade and You

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:44:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://thenearlynow.com/the-last-decade-and-you-489a5375fbe8

"We need a movement built to win. I think such a movement is within our
grasp. Fighting to win, and win fast, can open up new opportunities for
millions of people — especially young people — that cannot exist where

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New York Public Library turns subway cars into mobile ebook libraries

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:45:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/06/09/new-york-public-library-turns.html

'Ten MTA cars have been outfitted as Subway Libraries by the New York
Public Library: the in-car wifi connects riders to an e-reading
repository containing "books, short stories, chapters and excerpts

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California Is Ready To Recognize A Third Gender. Is The Rest Of The Country?

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:25:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.buzzfeed.com/jtes/california-non-binary-gender-identity-recognition>

"The most populous state is on track to become the first to legally
recognize being nonbinary — neither male nor female — as a third gender
option. Ready or not, America."

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These are the countries ranked best - and worst - at governing

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:27:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/06/these-are-the-countries-ranked-best-and-worst-at-governing>

"Crucial to the rankings is this idea of measuring not the money
available – an input – but the effect on society – the output, letting
people analyse the relationship between a country’s economic development

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Mary and the Witch's Flower

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:27:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfCNyIQ6yzU

Via Robotech Master on the Miyazaki Mailing List, who wrote:

A friend just pointed me at this trailer, and...wow. It looks like someone

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Comfort and Creativity

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:28:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://davidahilljr.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/comfort-and-creativity/

"If you’ve taken any college-level history, anthropology, or sociology
courses, you know that a society which provides for its people’s needs
is a society which flourishes. Why? Because without that, you have to

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Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and The Case Against Philanthropy As We Know It

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:11:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/06/12/bill-gates-mark-zuckerberg-and-case-against-philanthropy-we-know-it>

"Like feudal lords endowing monasteries, they bought themselves a
measure of salvation in the afterlife—and we continue to let them do it."

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Pepper & Carrot (MOTION COMIC) Episode 6: The Potion Contest

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:13:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTb1_w8hvqY

"Made with free/open-source software: Krita, Blender, CoaTools,
Papagayo-NG, RenderChan."

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This Is How Big Oil Will Die

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:22:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://shift.newco.co/this-is-how-big-oil-will-die-38b843bd4fe0

"Big Oil will be cut down in the next decade by a combination of
smartphone apps, long-life batteries, and simpler gearing. And as is
always the case with new technology, the undoing will occur far faster

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The art of writing an obituary

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:23:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.economist.com/the-art-of-writing-an-obituary-e64a546222f

"Ann Wroe can capture the essence of an entire life in fewer than 1,000
words."

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Our Road to Self Driving Victory

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 23:06:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@comma_ai/our-road-to-self-driving-victory-603a9ed20204>

"comma.ai has written and open sourced a Level 2 system. It is arguably
the best one available to the public today."

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Australia's AG Says Public Will Be Cool With Encryption Backdoors Because They Use Facebook

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 23:07:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170611/09023937561/australias-ag-says-public-will-be-cool-with-encryption-backdoors-because-they-use-facebook.shtml>

"Brandis makes statements about the government accessing people's
private messages (he specifically mentioned Whatsapp and iMessages) and
thinks no one will have a problem with it because of what they publicly

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What if companies interviewed translators the way they interview coders?

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:23:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.freecodecamp.com/welcome-to-the-software-interview-ee673bc5ef6>

"Welcome to the Tower of Babel. We require you to speak all languages
known by the humankind. By the way, how do you feel about doing
translations for free over the weekend?"

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These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:24:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/cyoa-choose-your-own-adventure-maps

"If you decide to see more, click on this story."

Nice maps. Muse did her doctorate on this sort of thing!

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For an Inclusive Culture, Try Working Less

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:47:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://hackernoon.com/for-inclusive-culture-maybe-less-is-more-87b663662cea>

"When our office culture is focused on business rather than socializing,
we reduce the number of ways in which we all have to be the same. When
we do that, we allow diversity to flourish."

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An open source search engine that will help you learn pretty much anything

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:49:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.freecodecamp.com/an-open-source-search-engine-that-will-help-you-learn-pretty-much-anything-3c206c688457>

'A team of developers just launched an open source search engine that
will show you how to learn pretty much anything. It works by clustering
resources into “mind maps.”'

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'Seductive names' make vegetables more appealing

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:19:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40245922

"How do you get more people to eat their greens? Give vegetables
seductive names, say US researchers."

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What Trump doesn't understand about the poor

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:20:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/15/news/economy/donald-trump-the-financial-diaries/index.html>

'The working poor and, increasingly, the middle class are in a state of
"persistent anxiety" about their finances, says Jonathan Morduch, the
co-author of a groundbreaking new book, "The Financial Diaries," with

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Standing Rock Sioux Launch Wind & Solar Renewable Energy Projects After Winning Henry Wallace Award

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:31:45 +1000

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Andrew Pam
<https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/16/standing_rock_sioux_launch_wind_solar>

"We speak with Dave Archambault II, 45th chairman of the Standing Rock
Sioux Tribe, and Nick Tilsen of the Thunder Valley Community Development
Corporation, who are in New York City for the Standing Rock Sioux to

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Ubitricity | Fully Charged

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:32:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKaEhBjt1ls

"Ubitricity is a German based company who've come up with a simple,
cheap to install and well managed system for more people on more streets
to adopt electric cars."

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Comicmix Wins Against Dr. Seuss Estate On Trademark Infringement Claim, Copyright Claim In Serious Jeopardy

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:56:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170614/09364937587/comicmix-wins-against-dr-seuss-estate-trademark-infringement-claim-copyright-claim-serious-jeopardy.shtml>

"Comicmix artists had created a parody mashup of Dr. Suess' Oh The
Places You'll Go
 and the Star Trek universe to create Oh The Places
You'll Boldly Go
, a rather sweet take on both franchises. The creators

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Kindle Giveaway Jun 2017

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:58:19 +1000

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Andrew Pam
http://sffbookbonanza.com/kindle-giveaway-jun-2017/?lucky=19544

The site running this competition promotes indie genre fiction authors.
Be sure to also check out their free books:
<http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/> (and more via the menu at the top

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