Glass Wings Blog: August 2017

10,000 Hours With Claude Shannon: How A Genius Thinks, Works, and Lives

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 03:55:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/the-mission/10-000-hours-with-claude-shannon-12-lessons-on-life-and-learning-from-a-genius-e8b9297bee8f>

"We got up-close-and-personal with a genius for five years. Here are 12
things we learned."

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The Future Is Here: Electric Flying Car Takes a Successful Flight in Germany

Wed, 2 Aug 2017 04:01:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://themindunleashed.com/2017/07/flying-car.html

"Remember those fascinating vehicles flying across futuristic cities in
sci-fi movies? We may soon see those in front of us as a German company
has successfully tested the prototype of an all-electric flying car!"

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Code Breakers: Women in Games exhibition

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 00:00:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.acmi.net.au/events/code-breakers/

"Celebrating the achievements of Australian and New Zealand women
working in video games"

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June Foray, R.I.P.

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 00:01:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.newsfromme.com/2017/07/26/june-foray-r-p/

"She was, of course, the premier female voice talent of her era. I don't
know who the runner-up was but whoever it was, she was in a distant
second in terms of hours logged voicing cartoons and commercials,

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Information Underload

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 21:58:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@holden/information-underload-22af099afac5

"We see this pattern again and again — companies coming along to tell us
that their platform will help us with the firehose of content. But the
big problem is not that it’s a firehose, but that it’s a firehose of

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I thought I wasn’t the “programmer type”

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 21:59:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://code.likeagirl.io/i-thought-i-wasnt-the-programmer-type-d4f7ee30cc36>

"For years, the prospect of programming for a living frightened me.
While some people stay away from the field due to insecurities about
their abilities, that wasn’t the case for me. I had studied Computer

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Your best pictures from the week 28/7/2017

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 21:42:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-28/abc-open-pic-of-the-week/8749806

Someone really likes dogs!

Via Thorfinn Hrolfsson.

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On the Perch Aviaries Kalaru NSW

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 21:44:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Last Saturday morning I went to On the Perch Aviaries in Kalaru NSW
which is a really excellent bird sanctuary with over 90 different
species, most of which you can interact with and hand-feed!
http://www.ontheperch.com.au/

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The world bodypainting festival 2017 – in pictures

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 22:12:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2017/jul/28/austrias-bodypainting-festival-in-pictures>

"In the small town of Klagenfurt, Austria, artists from around the world
have gathered to take part in the 20th world bodypainting festival and
competition. It runs from 28-30 July and also includes fashion shows,

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Pared-down electric experience: Driving one of the first Model 3s off the line

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 22:18:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/07/pared-down-electric-experience-driving-one-of-the-first-model-3s-off-the-line/>

"FREMONT, Calif.—On Friday at Tesla's factory, Ars got behind the wheel
of one of the first Tesla Model 3s off the factory line. It was a quick,
5-minute guided drive around the factory, but it gave a quick impression

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Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House

Sun, 6 Aug 2017 18:19:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/department-of-energy-risks-michael-lewis>

"Donald Trump’s secretary of energy, Rick Perry, once campaigned to
abolish the $30 billion agency that he now runs, which oversees
everything from our nuclear arsenal to the electrical grid. The

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Caravan Palace - Rock It For Me

Sun, 6 Aug 2017 18:20:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBGSJ3sbivI

Fun animated music video!  Via Marius Piedallu van Wyk.

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40+ Ideas to Inspire Your Project of Earth

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 19:46:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/kickstarter/40-ideas-to-inspire-your-project-of-earth-163bea818dbf>

"How would you explain the diversity of life and culture on Earth to
someone — or something — from a far-away planet?"

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Read tons and tons of amazing Golden/Silver age comic books for free

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 19:46:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/07/31/read-tons-and-tons-amazing-gol.html

"The Comic Book Plus site has an unbelievable trove of over 33,000
Golden Age and Silver Age comics books, scanned and ready to be read in
full. Once you get drawn into it, it's like you're a kid sitting on the

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7 functionalities the scholarly literature should have

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 19:44:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://bjoern.brembs.net/2017/08/7-functionalities-the-scholarly-literature-should-have/>

"I find it rather frustrating that some of the most basic
functionalities we have come to expect from virtually every digital
object are still excluded from scholarly articles, making the literature

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Welcome back to Wintergatan Wednesdays (and Mondays!)

Tue, 8 Aug 2017 19:45:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNqktpl5syk

"We are relaunching the Wintergatan Wednesdays with a three step
masterplan, Step one is to build the Marble Machine X, Step Two is to
record and release the Wintergatan double album and step three is to go

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Why Boys Don’t Have Many Female Role Models

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 21:17:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://melmagazine.com/why-boys-dont-have-many-female-role-models-c005665a6c93>

"News that the 13th Dr. Who would be played by — gasp! — a woman led to
a lot of hand-wringing, but took a more complicated turn when a former
male actor who played the role in the 1980s deemed the change a loss of

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Not for Wusses

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 21:18:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@muse_9093/not-for-wusses-a60baff0d352

"Marketing loves casting people into competitive positions: surely you
want to be a big alpha male with all the best stuff, surely you want to
be the thinnest most sexually attractive woman with all the best stuff."

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A History of Global Warming, In Just 35 Seconds

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:52:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.climatecentral.org/news/history-global-warming-animation-21670>

"A new video shows the rhythm of global warming for countries around the
world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Bars representing each country’s
annual average temperature anomaly pulse up and down. It's like watching

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Def Leppard Claims Music Piracy Is Bringing Younger Audiences To Its Concerts

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:53:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170803/09351837912/def-leppard-claims-music-piracy-is-bringing-younger-audiences-to-concerts.shtml>

"Campbell's stance is also not simply one-sided in the belief that
younger fans getting free music brings in the concert revenue. He also
believes these new, young fans make the bands music better."

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So, about this Googler’s manifesto.

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:47:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@yonatanzunger/so-about-this-googlers-manifesto-1e3773ed1788>

"You have probably heard about the manifesto a Googler (not someone
senior) published internally about, essentially, how women and men are
intrinsically different and we should stop trying to make it possible

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Rise of the machines

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:48:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/EhFvvSw6UKu

"If we want humans to have these jobs, rather than robots, then we have
to acknowledge that these are literally make-work jobs: people being put
into positions where everyone, including them, knows that the job could

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What Harajuku Girls Really Look Like

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:36:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WblNctc3ys0

"From Gothic Lolitas to Yoyogi Rockabillies, the Tokyo neighborhood of
Harajuku is a wellspring of some of the world's most unique and extreme
fashion trends. Rife with restaurants, shops, and cafes, it's a hangout

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People From 14 Countries Reveal the Most Annoying Things Foreigners Do When They Visit

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:37:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.thisisinsider.com/things-tourists-do-that-locals-hate-2017-7

"Tourists get a bad rap.  And while being a tourist can be great, it's
really all about respecting the culture you're exploring.
Unfortunately, not every tourist does that."

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The woman keeping track of ‘eroding norms’ in the Trump era

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:06:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thelily.com/the-woman-keeping-track-of-eroding-norms-in-the-trump-era-d4c912669f92>

Yes, a very important project.  Via Muse.

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"Guardians' Inferno" | Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:08:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MMMe1drnZY

"Dust off those far out platforms and enjoy this blast from the past!"

An affectionate style parody. Everyone seems to be having a lot of fun!

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Rescuing Cats From Super Tall Trees

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:24:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2HlZ9rdiHE

"As professional arborists, brothers-in-law Tom Otto and Shaun Sears are
quite adept at climbing trees. The cats that they rescue are not. And
with a plethora of trees—and cats—around Seattle, they decided to put

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Unlearning the myth of American innocence

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:30:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/08/unlearning-the-myth-of-american-innocence>

"When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul – and began to
realise that Americans will never understand their own country until
they see it as the rest of the world does"

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4 Things That Struck Me After Visiting Political Spaces in 14 US Cities

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:27:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/enspiral-tales/4-things-that-struck-me-after-visiting-political-spaces-in-14-us-cities-c1dceb1e8cb4>

"This trip was a huge experience. I’ve been digesting for two months and
still feel like I’m just getting started. I have a strong urge to share
some of my reflections, even the ones that are only half-digested."

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Short-term thinking keeps Australia stuck in crisis

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:28:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australia-crisis-of-leadership-nigel-lake-2017-8>

"No-one has built a successful economy by dragging a country back in
time. Significant, determined efforts must be made to adopt new
technologies, to invest in new economy businesses, and to position

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A love letter to a fatcaller

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:53:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@thefatshadow/a-love-letter-to-a-fatcaller-82d672a7871c>

"Of all the things strangers have shouted at me on the street, yours is
my favorite. But it was far from the first."

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100 Year Old Self-Playing Violin - "The Eighth Wonder Of the World"

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:53:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs0mP2cOmJs

"This amazing instrument is The Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina - an
Orchestrion with self-playing Violins, Enjoy!"

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Guiding Stars in Astronomy: Williamina Fleming

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:56:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/1Pnkfcz5jm2

"In celebration of the solar eclipse later this month, I am sharing
stories of amazing women in astronomy in my series of Guiding Stars in
Astronomy. Today's post shares the story of Scottish-American astronomer

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How a Portuguese-to-English Phrasebook Became a Cult Comedy Sensation

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:47:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-a-portuguese-to-english-phrasebook-became-a-cult-comedy-sensation>

"In the middle of the 19th century, a relatively unknown author named
Pedro Carolino rapidly gained intercontinental popularity over a small
Portuguese-to-English phrasebook. English as She Is Spoke (or O novo

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How can we stop algorithms telling lies?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:48:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/16/how-can-we-stop-algorithms-telling-lies>

"Algorithms can dictate whether you get a mortgage or how much you pay
for insurance. But sometimes they’re wrong – and sometimes they are
designed to deceive"

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Abbott's obstruction of gay marriage is a defence of privilege and the power of shame

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:50:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/09/abbotts-obstruction-of-gay-marriage-is-a-defence-of-privilege-and-the-power-of-shame-david-marr>

"If only Christians fought like this for refugees. Imagine if the
Coalition’s big men of faith threatened to tear down their own
government unless it brings home the wretches we’ve imprisoned in the

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