Glass Wings Blog: August 2018

Pay what you like for DRM-free, award-winning Canadian sf

Wed, 1 Aug 2018 23:02:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/07/22/ressurection-man.html

"The Aurora Award Bundle 4 includes ten books that were finalists for,
or won, Canada's Aurora Award for excellence in science fiction and
fantasy, including the outstanding Napier's Bones and Sean Stewart's

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The Joy of getting lost in Shape of the World

Wed, 1 Aug 2018 23:11:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/07/23/the-joy-of-getting-lost-in-shape-of-the-world/>

“I learned to love getting lost. You can get pleasantly lost when you
don’t know where you are but you know you’ll find your way if you just
keep going. That’s the feeling I wanted to create in a game.”

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One woman’s race to defuse the genetic time bomb in her genes

Wed, 1 Aug 2018 23:13:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611672/one-womans-race-to-defuse-the-genetic-time-bomb-in-her-genes/>

"How DNA sequencing and new genetic drugs raise the chance we can cure
any inherited disease."

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Japanese Sweet Potato Vendor

Thu, 2 Aug 2018 20:50:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlakT6ZaFdo

A true "fluff piece"  :P

Via Muse.

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Listen To Stephen Fry Perfectly Analogize The Moral Panics Around Facebook To The Ones Over The Printing Press

Thu, 2 Aug 2018 20:52:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180720/14531640278/listen-to-stephen-fry-perfectly-analogize-moral-panics-around-facebook-to-ones-over-printing-press.shtml>

"If we fear the transformations or focus solely on what will most
prevent the "bad" or bring back the world that used to be, we will
undoubtedly lose out on many of the many good things that come along as

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GOG: Preserving Gaming's Past & Future

Thu, 2 Aug 2018 20:52:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffngZOB1U2A

"How do old games come back from the dead? We talk to the people at GOG
<https://www.GOG.com> about the work they do to hunt down & release
classic games, and their mission to encourage more DRM free releases."

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Kids around the world are suing governments over climate change—and it’s working

Sat, 4 Aug 2018 22:11:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://qz.com/1334102/kids-around-the-world-are-suing-governments-over-climate-change-and-its-working/>

"Back in 2015, a group of 21 young Americans decided to sue the US
government over climate change. In Juliana v. US, the plaintiffs argue
that the government has violated “the youngest generation’s

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Snail's House - ラ・ム・ネ (ra-mu-ne)

Sat, 4 Aug 2018 22:12:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQteI8cPp7k

Ujico*/Snail's House is always refreshing and tasty!

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15 ancient civilizations you’ve never heard of

Sat, 4 Aug 2018 22:13:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/15-ancient-civilizations-you%e2%80%99ve-never-heard-of/ss-AAAlkJS>

"Most people are familiar with the ancient peoples of Egypt, Greece, and
Rome, but unless you’re a historian or an archeologist, you’ve probably
never heard of these fascinating yet forgotten ancient civilizations."

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The Fish That Gave Too Much

Sun, 5 Aug 2018 22:20:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/the-fish-that-gave-too-much/

"The Italian fish sauce—colatura—is made from anchovies and literally
adds the Mediterranean into the famously healthy Mediterranean diet. So
many good things, however, have a downside."

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Indigenous Geographies Overlap in This Colorful Online Map

Sun, 5 Aug 2018 22:21:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/native-land-map-of-indigenous-territories>

"Native Land highlights territories, treaties, and languages across the
U.S., Canada, and beyond."

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No, The Public Standing Up For An Open Internet Is Not A Criminal Google Conspiracy

Sun, 5 Aug 2018 22:23:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180724/17071740304/no-public-standing-up-open-internet-is-not-criminal-google-conspiracy.shtml>

"Over the past decade, we've talked about music industry lawyer Chris
Castle and his bizarre interpretation of reality a few times."

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Making Sense Of Complexity

Mon, 6 Aug 2018 23:49:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://extranewsfeed.com/making-sense-of-complexity-ee78755d56b9

Via Paul Monks at InfoXchange.

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Making Our Choice

Mon, 6 Aug 2018 23:50:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://globalecoguy.org/making-our-choice-8e88c562af29

"I often get asked if the world is getting better, or is it getting
worse? My answer is simple: Which one do you want? So, go, choose the
future you want, and work for it. That’s what our ancestors did, and we

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Pantheism and how it could offer a new approach to preserving the planet

Mon, 6 Aug 2018 23:51:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/pantheism-and-how-it-could-offer-a-new-approach-to-preserving-the-planet-100210>

"We’ll need many things to help combat this emergency: technological
innovation and scientific and engineering advances which allow us to
harness renewable energies. It will also require new patterns of working

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South Africa's Proposed Fair Use Right In Copyright Bill Is Surprisingly Good -- At The Moment

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 04:28:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180724/07474940298/south-africas-proposed-fair-use-right-copyright-bill-is-surprisingly-good-moment.shtml>

"Too often Techdirt writes about changes in copyright law that are only
for the benefit of the big publishing and recording companies, and offer
little to individual creators or the public. So it makes a pleasant

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My Happy American Multicultural Family Is Frightened

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 04:30:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/267293/my-happy-american-multicultural-family-is-frightened>

"Every day there are new questions: What does it mean to raise a black
Jewish daughter in the age of Trump? How do we keep her safe? How do we
give her a Judaism that will embrace and love her?"

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Map of Indigenous massacres grows to include more sites of violence across Australia

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 04:31:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-27/map-of-indigenous-massacres-grows-to-include-more-sites/10040206>

"For hundreds of years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
have spoken about the murders of Indigenous tribes that occurred across
the nation during frontier times.  Now a landmark project mapping those

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Women Invent the Future: a science fiction anthology from Doteveryone

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 03:03:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/07/25/women-invent-the-future-a-sci.html

"Women Invent The Future is an anthology of science fiction stories
written by leading women writers. We’re giving it away for free (as a
print book and a download) because we want to challenge conceptions

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The Weird Of Wendy Pini

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 03:07:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/07/25/the-weird-of-wendy-pini.html

"Voices from another world spoke with sublime otherness, helping an
indie cartoonist face down prudes, pain and the patriarchy."

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Pepper & Carrot Episode 26: Books Are Great

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 03:09:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.peppercarrot.com/en/article445/episode-26-books-are-great

Books are great!

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Adobe Flash’s Gaming Legacy — Thousands upon Thousands of Titles — and My Efforts To Save It

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 23:14:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blog.usejournal.com/adobe-flashs-gaming-legacy-thousands-upon-thousands-of-titles-and-my-efforts-to-save-it-58c14811558a>

"Adobe Flash (previously Macromedia Flash) is arguably the largest
treasure trove of unpreserved gaming history today. Spanning literal
tens of thousands of games over a period of twenty years, the library of

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SPACE RAT

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 23:15:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://bithox.itch.io/space-rat

"You are SPACE RAT and your lunchbox got stolen!

What fiend would do such a thing?!"

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Microfilm Lasts Half a Millennium

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 23:16:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/07/microfilm-lasts-half-a-millennium/565643/?single_page=true>

"Millions of publications—not to mention spy documents—can be read on
microfilm machines. But people still see these devices as outmoded and
unappealing. An Object Lesson."

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The Art of the Dinosaur : Illustrations by the Top Paleoartists in the World

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 01:54:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://pie.co.jp/english/search/detail.php?ID=4922

"This is an art collection of dinosaur illustrations by nine of the
world’s most technically and aesthetically accomplished paleoartists
today. Each dinosaur is reproduced elaborately and faithfully based on

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The Secret Life of Cats

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 01:55:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/the-nib/the-secret-life-of-cats-fc51206faa64

"I wish I was a cat."

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Thread by @JeffSharlet: "What do you tell your kids about borders?"

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 01:57:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1023612034871685120.html

"What do you tell your kids about borders? Crossing into Canada a few
days ago, I warned my 9-yr-old, Saira (not her real name), not to
giggle. Crossing was a breeze. Coming back, I said, would take longer..."

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What happened to the boy who chased away the lions?

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 01:58:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44398952

"If my cows are protected and they're safe, we can live with the lions
without any problem."

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Play Robot Odyssey – a 1984 Computer Game

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 22:30:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blog.adafruit.com/2018/07/30/play-robot-odyssey-a-1984-computer-game/>

"Micah Elizabeth Scott recently translated the awesome 1984 game Robot
Odyssey into software – and now you can play it online here!"

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Climate Change: We're Not Literally Doomed, but...

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 22:31:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/hot-planet/climate-change-were-not-literally-doomed-but/>

"I don’t think climate change will destroy the actual planet or make the
human species go extinct. But, you know what? I believe we can aim for
something a little bit better than “not doomed.”"

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Scary Poppins - Scary Pockets feat. Larry Goldings (SCARY GOLDINGS)

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 22:32:43 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkGpDY7nJcc

Sweet!

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Why I Ripped The Same CD 300 Times

Sat, 11 Aug 2018 22:33:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://john-millikin.com/%F0%9F%A4%94/why-i-ripped-the-same-cd-300-times>

"I collect music by buying physical CDs, digitizing them with Exact
Audio Copy, and scanning the artwork. This is sometimes challenging if
the CD was self-published in a limited run in a foreign country ten

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Who’d be a working actor? It’s not even a dog’s life

Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:00:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://dailyreview.com.au/whod-working-actor-not-even-dogs-life/49490/

"Pigot argues that the flowering of low cost, do-it-yourself, creative
amateurism combined with our political leaders’ failure to articulate the value
of the arts has left those in the middle squeezed – the middle occupied by

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Why Is the Internet Archive Painstakingly Preserving One Man's Junk Mail?

Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:01:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/59p89z/why-is-the-internet-archive-painstakingly-preserving-one-mans-junk-mail>

"Ted Nelson, the man who came up with the idea of hypertext, kept 18
boxes of junk mail sitting around for decades. Now the Internet Archive
is bringing it back to life in digital form."

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How to Survive America's Kill List

Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:03:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/how-to-survive-americas-kill-list-699334/>

"When a U.S. citizen heard he was on his own country’s drone target
list, he wasn’t sure he believed it. After five near-misses, he does –
and is suing the United States to contest his own execution"

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AWOOOOO

Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:05:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://obscuritory.com/sim/wolf-for-wolves/

"AWOO AWOO AWOO AWOOOO AWOO. AWOO AWOO AWOOOO AWOO AWOO AWOOOO. AWOO
AWOO AWOO AWOOOOOO AWOO AWOOOOO. AWOO AWOO AWOOOOOOO AWOO AWOOO AWOO
AWOOOO AWOO."

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The Website Obesity Crisis

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 23:24:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://idlewords.com/talks/website_obesity.htm

"This is the text version of a talk I gave on October 29, 2015, at the
Web Directions conference in Sydney."

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When A Stranger Decides To Destroy Your Life

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 23:24:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/07/when-a-stranger-decides-to-destroy-your-life/>

"Eventually, after $US100,000 in attorney's bills, Glennon was able to
unmask the culprit. It turned out to be a complete stranger who had been
offended by a comment Glennon had made about a news article on Facebook."

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The biggest lie we still teach in American history classes

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 23:26:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/conversations/2018/8/1/17602596/american-history-james-loewen-howard-zinn>

"One of my favorite writers, Gore Vidal, once described his country as
the United States of Amnesia. “We learn nothing because we remember
nothing,” he wrote."

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Blistering UN Report: Trump Administration Is Intentionally Exacerbating Inequality

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:35:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://truthout.org/video/blistering-un-report-trump-administrations-policies-designed-to-worsen-poverty-and-inequality/>

"The report states, “The policies pursued over the past year seem
deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest,
punish those who are not in employment and make even basic health care

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Losing Earth: The Decade We,Almost Stopped Climate Change

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:36:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/01/magazine/climate-change-losing-earth.html>

"This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the
10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind
first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate

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It’s True: Trump Is Lying More, and He’s Doing It on Purpose

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:37:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-trumps-washington/trumps-escalating-war-on-the-truth-is-on-purpose>

"In his first year as President, Trump made 2,140 false claims,
according to the Post. In just the last six months, he has nearly
doubled that total to 4,229. In June and July, he averaged sixteen false

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きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ - 原宿いやほい , Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - HARAJUKU IYAHOI

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:52:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAGyQ5Rmz7o

I do enjoy Kyary Pamyu Pamyu!

Via Boing Boing.

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Mambolero - PiSk ( Official ) Carmen Miranda x Electro Swing REMIX 2018

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:53:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P8DnMTq5JM

"PiSk is a solo project from the producer and co-founder of the
SWINGROWERS - Mambolero is his Carmen Miranda inspired b-side from the
latest single - the often covered 'It Ain't Right' - a vintage remix

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‘I left my daughter at nursery. I didn’t see her for a month’: how UK splits migrant families

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 22:54:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/05/child-separation-migrant-parents-uk-hostile-environment-trump>

"The Home Office uses similar tactics to those of the Trump
administration – with devastating effects for parents and children"

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