Glass Wings Blog: October 2017

Five women building peace that you should know

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 22:30:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/we-the-peoples/five-women-building-peace-that-you-should-know-44e1fde94639>

"These leaders are promoting gender equality and women’s rights all over
the world while advocating for a more peaceful community."

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“artists” and Artists

Sun, 1 Oct 2017 22:31:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@muse_9093/artists-and-artists-a0eef6e37dfc

"Art has on many occasions brought people to care and to act on the
behalf of what is most life-affirming. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, without
being a great book, nevertheless caused people to sympathise with the

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Human Population Growth and extinction

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 23:55:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/population_and_sustainability/extinction/>

"We're in the midst of the Earth's sixth mass extinction crisis. Harvard
biologist E. O. Wilson estimates that 30,000 species per year (or three
species per hour) are being driven to extinction. Compare this to the

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What The Future Holds

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 23:55:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@muse_9093/what-the-future-holds-4317b32a514d

"These predictions have been made elsewhere. I am putting these in one
place in order to gain some clarity and insight. With insight I am
counting on people making better choices. Do I believe this chain of

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Spettacolo: Tension between tradition and the future take center stage in Italy

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 21:45:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/09/spettacolo-tension-between-tradition-and-the-future-take-center-stage-in-italy/>

"The early moments of Spettacolo, the latest documentary from the team
behind the acclaimed 2010 work Marwencol, may cause travel lust. As
the film gets underway, old brick buildings serve as a backdrop for

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Download "Theft! A History of Music", a New Free Graphic Novel Exploring 2,000 Years of Musical Borrowing

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 21:46:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.openculture.com/2017/09/download-theft-a-history-of-music-a-new-free-graphic-novel-exploring-2000-years-of-musical-borrowing.html>

'From the team behind the 2006 fair use comic Bound by Law comes a new
fair use comic, Theft! A History of Music. Created by James Boyle and
Jennifer Jenkins, two law school profs from Duke University, Theft! A

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Short Trip

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 23:52:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://alexanderperrin.com.au/paper/shorttrip/

Beautiful!  A lovely interactive illustration.  Via Kam-Yung Soh.

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What Legal Personhood for U.S. Rivers Would Do

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 23:53:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/just-transition/corporations-have-legal-personhood-but-rivers-dont-that-could-change-20170912>

"Indian Country could finally see an end to nonconsented infrastructure
projects if they follow New Zealand’s Maori in achieving legal
protection for natural entities."

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An Illustrated Periodic Table Showing How Chemical Elements Interact With Our Everyday Lives

Sat, 7 Oct 2017 22:30:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/illustrated-periodic-table-of-elements/

"Retired Boeing software engineer Keith Enevoldsen created the
color-coded “Periodic Tables of Elements, in Pictures and Words” for
both kids and adults to help us all understand the chemical elements in

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Sharks longer in the tooth than we thought

Sat, 7 Oct 2017 22:32:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-sharks-longer-tooth-thought.html

"A James Cook University researcher has found that sharks and rays live
a lot longer than we thought - some twice as long as previously estimated."

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Camp Adventure Treetop Experience, A Gorgeous Circular Walkway That Rises Amongst the Trees

Sun, 8 Oct 2017 22:46:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/camp-adventure-treetop-experience/

"Danish architecture firm EFFEKT has created an absolutely beautiful way
to experience the Gisselfeld Klosters Skove preserved forest with their
exquisitely designed “Camp Adventure Treetop Experience“, a 600 meter

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Is The World Worth Saving?

Sun, 8 Oct 2017 22:47:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@muse_9093/is-the-world-worth-saving-ef29a0221b17

"I left the United States in 1989 after finishing a university degree,
because I felt the country was so mired in oppression that it wasn’t
worth my time. I saw close up how compassion was being crushed, as the

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The Coming Software Apocalypse

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 23:00:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/09/saving-the-world-from-code/540393/>

"It’s been said that software is “eating the world.” More and more,
critical systems that were once controlled mechanically, or by people,
are coming to depend on code."

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This Man Woke Up To A Strange Noise, Then He Saw This On His Porch (16 Pics)

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 23:01:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.boredpanda.com/lynx-porch-tim-newton/

"Earlier this month, we wrote about the most awesome “I woke up to this”
moments that have ever happened, and this story that happened to Tim
Newton from Alaska definitely belongs there."

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Ian Roberts weeps as working-class fans go wild for Macklemore's NRL show

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:05:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/ian-roberts-weeps-as-workingclass-fans-go-wild-for-macklemores-nrl-show-20171001-gys8gk.html>

"They stomp they cheer, they sing along, they turn the lights of their
iPhones on, and wave them in rhythm, instantly turning the arena into a
massive sparkling wonderland."

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Australia's refugee policy is a failure. This is not the time to shirk responsibility

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:06:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/02/our-refugee-policy-is-a-failure-this-is-not-the-time-to-shirk-responsibility>

"Behind the policy of offshore processing are stories of genuine
tragedy. We need to let recognised refugees rebuild their lives here"

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Global Food Crops Also Face Earth's Sixth Great Mass Extinction

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:06:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.ecowatch.com/food-mass-extinction-2489790982.html

"Human civilization utterly depends on our precious food supplies, but
the planet's sixth mass extinction of plants and animals currently
underway is also threatening the world's food crops, according to a new

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New study highlights 'hidden figure' of sun-watchers

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:08:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/agu-nsh100217.php

"Few people have heard of Hisako Koyama, but the dedicated female solar
observer, born in Tokyo in 1916, created one of the most important
sunspot records of the past 400 years, according to new research."

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Astounding underwater photography contest winners

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:28:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/10/03/astounding-underwater-photogra.html

"Scuba Diving magazine announced the winners of its underwater
photography contest and the results are an awe-inspiring glimpse of
another world that exists within our own."

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Unconditional Basic Income is a Pigovian Subsidy for Unpaid Work

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:29:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.scottsantens.com/unconditional-basic-income-is-a-pigovian-subsidy-for-unpaid-work>

"Everyone right now is benefiting from unpaid work. There is a ton of
unpaid work going on. With unconditional basic income there will be even
more unpaid work as that option opens up to many more people than those

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Governments are criminalizing homeless people to distract from their own failures

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:19:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/10/governments-are-criminalizing-homeless-people-to-distract-from-their-own-failures/>

"Homeless people worldwide have one thing in common: their human rights
are being violated"

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Explore the Secret Lives of Animals With These Marvelous Maps

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:20:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/explore-secret-lives-animals-these-marvelous-maps-180965070/>

"A new book considers how sophisticated tracking technology and the data
it collects can improve conservation strategies"

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Roll-Up Solar Panels Could Fundamentally Alter How We Power the World

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:32:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://futurism.com/roll-up-solar-panels-could-fundamentally-alter-how-we-power-the-world/>

"Everyone knows that areas stricken with natural disasters take time,
effort, money and often depend on tedious political negotiations before
recovery becomes feasible. Restoring electricity in such areas is one of

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Marchers across the world demand justice for wildlife

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:33:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/africa-wild/2017/oct/07/marchers-across-the-world-demand-justic-for-wildlife>

"The Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions brings people in
cities across the world together to demand action to save threatened
wildlife from extinction"

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Power Broken

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:11:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@muse_9093/power-broken-af0ea250ff2e

"A dandelion is growing in your garden. If it spreads, it could choke
out your newly planted carrots and tomatoes. Cut off its head and
leaves, it will quickly grow back. Pull at it and break its root part

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Hammond XK-3c evening play 10/8/2017

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:12:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJuIKU0DDLo

"Just chilling out and playing the Hammond organ on a Sunday evening."

It's Hammond organ time!

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Why calls for “free speech” aren’t the same

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:57:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://extranewsfeed.com/why-calls-for-free-speech-arent-the-same-b19732511351>

"Speech restrictions have always been enforced in the US, and not in a
content-neutral way: speech perceived as threatening to those in power,
such as calling for checks on police brutality, has been met with force,

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Socialism with a spine: the only 21st century alternative

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:58:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/09/socialism-with-a-spine-the-only-21st-century-alternative>

"Soft neoliberalism has exhausted its appeal. The best progressive
alternative is an explicit embrace of socialism"

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Solving Google’s, Facebook’s, and Twitter’s Russian (and other) Ad Problems

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:30:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/10/10/solving-russian-and-other-ad-problems-google-facebook-twitter>

"Since the level of interaction granularity is so deep on major search
and social media sites, the precision ad targeting opportunities become
vastly greater, and potentially much more opaque to outside observers."

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‘Pokémon Go with a social conscience’ to fight homelessness

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:31:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/pokemon-go-with-a-social-conscience-to-fight-homelessness-460621.html>

"Social entrepreneur and urban planning expert Phillip Crowe has set up
Space Engagers — a platform that allows people to map Ireland online."

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