Glass Wings Blog: September 2018

Earth may soon become “inhospitable to current human societies”

Sat, 1 Sep 2018 23:26:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://cosmosmagazine.com/climate/earth-may-soon-become-inhospitable-to-current-human-societies>

"Major study identified thresholds and tipping points that could trigger
environmental disaster, even if emissions are curbed."

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Why universal basic income costs far less than you think

Sat, 1 Sep 2018 23:26:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-universal-basic-income-costs-far-less-than-you-think-101134>

"Want to get rid of poverty, lessen inequality and provide financial
stability in a world of precarious work? Well, why not simply give
everyone enough money to ensure basic sustenance?"

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Escape From the USA

Sat, 1 Sep 2018 23:28:03 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/s/greatescape/renouncing-u-s-citizenship-is-extremely-tricky-business-4dbe16cbf20a>

"If you’re breaking up with America, it will cost you a small fortune,
you’ll want to hire a lawyer, and you could get stuck in a bureaucratic
purgatory for years. So it’s more like a divorce than a breakup, really."

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students in india fight plastic by sending back waste wrappers to manufacturers

Sat, 1 Sep 2018 23:29:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.designboom.com/technology/students-india-fight-plastic-sending-back-waste-wrappers-manufacturers/>

"plastic has penetrated our lives. just take a look around yourself and
see if you are in any way plastic-free. everything we buy comes in
plastic and probably has plastic as one of its components. if you are

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Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut

Sun, 2 Sep 2018 21:35:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/12/doughnut-growth-economics-book-economic-model>

"Instead of growth at all costs, a new economic model allows us to
thrive while saving the planet"

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Take unprecedented action or bear the consequences, says eminent scientist and advisor

Sun, 2 Sep 2018 21:37:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.climatecodered.org/2018/08/take-unprecedented-action-or-bear.html>

“Climate change is now reaching the end-game, where very soon humanity
must choose between taking unprecedented action, or accepting that it
has been left too late and bear the consequences.”

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We Are Not Terrorists

Sun, 2 Sep 2018 21:38:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o2k1DoAdqc

"Please sign and share our open letter to President Trump at
LakotaLaw.org/Resist. Environmental activists are not terrorists!"

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The Hugo Awards just made history, and defied alt-right extremists in the process

Mon, 3 Sep 2018 21:49:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/2018/8/21/17763260/n-k-jemisin-hugo-awards-broken-earth-sad-puppies>

"N.K. Jemisin’s third consecutive win in the Hugo Awards repudiates
extremist voters who’ve spent years trying to keep her from winning."

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GOG Launches FCKDRM to Promote DRM-Free Art and Media

Mon, 3 Sep 2018 21:52:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://torrentfreak.com/gog-launches-fckdrm-to-promote-drm-free-art-and-media-180822/>

"GOG, the digital distribution platform for DRM-free video games and
video, has launched a new initiative designed to promote content without
embedded DRM. While Digital Rights Management is seen by many companies

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Space Opera,by Catherynne M. Valente

Mon, 3 Sep 2018 21:54:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24100285-space-opera

"A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly
ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the
aftermath, a curious tradition was invented-something to cheer up

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Explains Why Top Secret! Is the Funniest Film Ever Made

Tue, 4 Sep 2018 23:54:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.vulture.com/2018/06/weird-al-yankovic-on-why-he-loves-the-movie-top-secret.html>

"“Weird Al” Yankovic knows a thing or two about what constitutes a good
parody. For over 35 years, he’s defined the stakes and scope of what
musical comedy can be, but he’s also defied the inherent creative limits

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Only 12% Of Music Revenue Goes To Actual Artists

Tue, 4 Sep 2018 23:55:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180819/00051140461/only-12-music-revenue-goes-to-actual-artists.shtml>

"Basically with each new layer of innovation, rather than rethinking how
we handle music and copyright, we simply slapped on another set of
royalties and rights. That's why there are so many different kinds of

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Inside Two Bit Circus, LA’s new VR and arcade amusement park

Tue, 4 Sep 2018 23:56:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/08/inside-two-bit-circus-las-new-vr-and-arcade-amusement-park/>

"LOS ANGELES—A new kind of entertainment is opening next month: a large,
carnival-like arcade filled with VR headsets, brand-new arcade cabinets,
holograms, escape rooms, a robot bartender named Guillermo del Pouro,

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Using Computer Modern on the web

Wed, 5 Sep 2018 23:01:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.checkmyworking.com/cm-web-fonts/

"Computer Modern is the family of typefaces developed by Donald Knuth
for TeX. It's so good-looking that some scientists do research just so
they can write it up in Computer Modern."

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From Tahrir to Trump: how the internet became the dictators' home turf

Wed, 5 Sep 2018 23:02:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/08/23/we-didnt-start-the-fire.html

"Zeynep Tufekci leads Tech Review's politics issue with the best
overview of the forces that have combined to make the internet so
hospitable to totalitarians and racist pigs."

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Nickelodeon Is Opposing A 12 Year Old New Zealand Girl's 'Slime' Trademark For Some Reason

Wed, 5 Sep 2018 23:04:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180823/09352640494/nickelodeon-is-opposing-12-year-old-new-zealand-girls-slime-trademark-some-reason.shtml>

"Everything about this is absurd. We can start with how unlikely it
would be for any confusion to exist between Weishede and Nickelodeon,
move on to the very generic and broad mark that Viacom apparently holds

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Meet the ‘Change Agents’ Who Are Enabling Inequality

Thu, 6 Sep 2018 21:22:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/20/books/review/winners-take-all-anand-giridharadas.html>


"For those at the helm, the philanthropic plutocrats and aspiring
“change agents” who believe they are helping but are actually making

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Arecibo Observatory's Space Cats Need Your Help!

Thu, 6 Sep 2018 21:23:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.space.com/41619-arecibo-observatory-space-cats-fundraiser.html>

"Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory is the home of the second-largest
radio telescope in the world. It's also home to cats — lots of cats."

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The Secret Life of Bots

Thu, 6 Sep 2018 21:24:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/palmer_09_17/

This year's Hugo award winner for Best Novellette.  Contains one
unfortunate typo ("8779" for "8778", a mistake no bot would make!)

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Trust Us, We’re Secretly Working for a Foreign Government: How Australia’s Proposed Surveillance Laws Will Break The Trust Tech Depends On

Fri, 7 Sep 2018 21:52:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/08/australia-proposed-surveillance-law>

"Comments are due by September 10th. If you are affected by this law —
and you almost certainly are — you should read the bill, and write to
the Australian government to rethink this disastrous proposal. We need

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Snoring Fox Emits Adorable Trilling Sounds While Sleeping Upside Down on a Cabinet Shelf

Fri, 7 Sep 2018 21:53:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/snoring-fox/

"A beloved rescued pet fox named Juniper, who is the “Happiest Fox“,
emits the most adorable trilling sound while sleeping upside down inside
the bottom shelf of a television cabinet."

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Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism's Imminent Demise

Fri, 7 Sep 2018 21:54:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/43pek3/scientists-warn-the-un-of-capitalisms-imminent-demise>

"The BIOS paper suggests that much of the political and economic
volatility we have seen in recent years has a root cause in ecological
crisis. As the ecological and economic costs of industrial

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Modernist homes get a Thomas Kinkade-style makeover

Sat, 8 Sep 2018 20:36:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/08/27/modernist-homes-get-a-thomas-k.html

'This is one of those genius "I can't believe this hasn't been done
already" kind of things.'

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Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley - not FUNK cover feat Reeve Carney!!

Sat, 8 Sep 2018 20:37:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQnoZUR6fvY

"You have just been Rickrolled by Scary Pockets."

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How The EU May Be About To Kill The Public Domain: Copyright Filters Takedown Beethoven

Sat, 8 Sep 2018 20:41:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180827/16481940516/how-eu-may-be-about-to-kill-public-domain-copyright-filters-takedown-beethoven.shtml>

"Again and again, YouTube told me that I was violating the copyright of
these long-dead composers, despite all of my uploads existing in the
public domain. I appealed each of these decisions, explaining that 1)

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Weird Al just got his star on the Walk of Fame

Sat, 8 Sep 2018 20:43:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reddit.com/r/MadeMeSmile/comments/9asray/weird_al_just_got_his_star_on_the_walk_of_fame/>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmpnYelcIec

Congratulations Weird Al!  Well deserved.

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Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™

Sun, 9 Sep 2018 23:59:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.apex-magazine.com/welcome-to-your-authentic-indian-experience/>

2017 Hugo Award winner for Best Short Story
2017 Nebula Award winner for Best Short Story

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Psychologists have surprising advice for people who feel unmotivated

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://qz.com/work/1363911/two-psychologists-have-a-surprising-theory-on-how-to-get-motivated/>

"Their research suggests that the key to motivation is giving advice,
not receiving it."

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Mostly Screwed (part 2: power)

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wattpad.com/619457193-big-change-mostly-screwed-part-2-power

'I wrote the song "And We Can Be Kind" the day after it was clear Donald
Trump had won the 2016 presidential election. I then wrote one protest
song after another. What had we just done to our next generation? What

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Why Australia's internet has turned into a literal car crash

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:02:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cnet.com/news/kellyville-green-box-represents-everything-wrong-with-australia-internet-speeds-nbn/>

Partisanship leads incoming governments to seek to undo or put their own
stamp on every long-running infrastructure project started by their
political opponents. They can always find a way to claim it will be

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As Climate Scientists Speak Out, Sexist Attacks Are on the Rise

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 22:11:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/as-climate-scientists-speak-out-sexist-attacks-are-on-the-rise/>

“I can tell you that there is a very large overlap between those who
harbor conspiracy theories about climate science and those who express
unenlightened views when it comes to matters of ethnicity and gender,”

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Graceful Cheetahs Happily Retrieve Balls Launched Into Their Enclosure by a Custom Made Catapult

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 22:12:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/cheetah-ball-catapult/

"The keepers at the Oregon Zoo use a custom made catapult known as the
“Cheetahpult” to launch balls far into the enclosure of the resident
cheetah ambassadors as a means of providing exercise and enrichment."

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Nobody beats a bacterial or viral infection by arguing it to death

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 22:13:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/104092656004159577193/posts/G9E1c5wgC8J

"My increasingly convinced take: fascism & demagoguery generally are a
communications-based phenomenon
 in a systems context.  It strongly
resembles spread of communicable disease."

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Lucas the Spider / TINK

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 22:46:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
Two from Laughing Squid:

Lucas the Spider Shows Off His Musical Skills by Playing Every
Instrument In a Multi-Track Song

https://laughingsquid.com/lucas-the-spider-one-man-band/

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The Swedish 15-year-old who's cutting class to fight the climate crisis

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 22:47:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/sep/01/swedish-15-year-old-cutting-class-to-fight-the-climate-crisis>

"Following Sweden’s hottest summer ever, Greta Thunberg decided to go on
school strike at the parliament to get politicians to act"

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Tolkien Leaves Small Footprint in Birthtown

Tue, 11 Sep 2018 22:48:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://file770.com/tolkien-leaves-small-footprint-in-birthtown/

"It is a nice little hotel with a total of thirteen rooms, all named
after characters from Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit (there’s even
a Gollum room)."

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Capitalism Is Not the “Market System”

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 22:58:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://truthout.org/articles/capitalism-is-not-the-market-system/

"Why does it matter to differentiate markets and other distribution
systems from production systems? The answer emerges from the recognition
that most economic systems combine one or more production systems with

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Sunday Sweets: Half And Half

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 22:59:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://cakewrecks.squarespace.com/home/2018/9/2/sunday-sweets-half-and-half.html>

"We're getting the ultimate twofer this week, cake fans, because today
is all about half-and-half wedding cakes! You know, the ones that are
Traditional in the front, Party in the back?"

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Governments 'not on track' to cap temperatures at below 2 degrees: U.N.

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 23:00:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-climatechange/governments-not-on-track-to-cap-temperatures-at-below-2-degrees-u-n-idUSKCN1LI03S>

"Governments are not on track to meet a goal of the 2015 Paris agreement
of capping temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees
Fahrenheit) before the end of the century, a United Nations official

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Plastic Pollution

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 22:19:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://ourworldindata.org/plastic-pollution

"This is our main data entry on plastics, with a particular focus on its
pollution of the environment."

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Democracy under siege from the rising forces of plutocracy

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 22:20:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.michaelwest.com.au/democracy-under-siege-from-the-rising-forces-of-plutocracy/>

"Public disenchantment with the democratic process is on the rise.
Public polling shows Australians want political donations properly
policed or banned, a federal ICAC, action on global warming and trust in

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Peace Day 2018!

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:40:44 +1000

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
This year is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights! This document is foundational to creating world peace. The more
people know about it, the better able we all are to ensure our nations
abide by their agreements.

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This New Report Reveals Everything The Government Doesn’t Want You To Know About Nauru

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 21:18:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://junkee.com/nauru-report-suffering-children/173932

"Content warning: this article contains distressing descriptions of
trauma, sexual assault, self harm, suicide, and serious physical and
mental health problems. You can find support service numbers at the end

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Select Star SQL

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 21:19:59 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://selectstarsql.com/

Interested in learning a very useful skill?

"This is an interactive book which aims to be the best place on the

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Malaysian mosques of remarkable architecture

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 21:21:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2018/09/03/malaysian-mosques-of-remarkable-architecture/>

"For those intrigued by architecture and the aesthetics of religious
places of worship, here is a selection of Malaysian mosques (in no
particular order) that are visually appealing, architecturally

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A visit to Epic Nerd Camp

Sat, 15 Sep 2018 21:48:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/08/28/a-visit-to-epic-nerd-camp.html

"Epic Nerd Camp is a 5-day summer camp for adults in Pennsylvania's
Poconos Mountains that celebrates cosplay, LARPing, RPGs, Quidditch,
escape rooms, swordplay, wizarding, and many other special interests

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Boss RC-505 - NASTYA MASLOVA - Russian Beatbox & Live looping Championship

Sat, 15 Sep 2018 21:49:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLEOZzw37rw

"This is a video-statement for the Russian Beatbox Championship in the
category of live looping."

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"To France" on microSTATION

Sat, 15 Sep 2018 21:58:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFCFhNtlaA8

"If you're about my age, you'll remember this marvelous song by Mike
Oldfield and the wonderful Maggie Reilly. Back in the day I was
hypnotized by this song and played the record all the time at our

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Winter Witchcraft [Animation 2017]

Sun, 16 Sep 2018 21:59:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6NQvVJiRc8

One of my favourite Youtube musicians, Sim Gretina also does animation!

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Is the Way Australia Funds the Arts a Recipe for Mediocrity?

Sun, 16 Sep 2018 22:01:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/02/arts/australia-performing-arts-funding.html>

"The problem is not isolated to youth theater, said Andrew Threlfall,
C.D.P.’s director. He and a growing number of artistic leaders in
Australia have come to believe that government funding for all the

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Who Are the Forgotten Greats of Science Fiction?

Sun, 16 Sep 2018 22:02:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.tor.com/2018/09/04/who-are-the-forgotten-greats-of-science-fiction/>

"The Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award was founded in 2001 to draw
attention to unjustly forgotten SF authors."

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We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:15:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/06/save-earth-disposable-coffee-cup-green>

"We must challenge the corporations that urge us to live in a throwaway
society rather than seeking ‘greener’ ways of maintaining the status quo"

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Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – an essay in pictures

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:16:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2018/sep/06/neil-gaiman-and-chris-riddell-on-why-we-need-libraries-an-essay-in-pictures>

"Two great champions of reading for pleasure return to remind us that it
really is an important thing to do – and that libraries create literate
citizens"

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Jean-Michel Jarre - Coachella Opening (Official Music Video)

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:19:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZt9_GXMKOk

New Jarre!  (And happy 50th anniversary!)

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U.N. Makes a Bold Move to Protect Marine Life on the High Seas

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:20:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/u-n-makes-a-bold-move-to-protect-marine-life-on-the-high-seas/>

"The impetus for high seas protection is timely. Scientists have warned
that the world should place at least 30 percent of global ocean space
within marine protected areas by 2030 if it wants to avoid a mass

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The world economy could grow $26 trillion in a decade if governments and businesses focus on climate change

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.businessinsider.com.au/global-commission-on-the-economy-and-climate-report-2018-9>

"Bold action on climate change could add more than $US2 trillion a year
to the global economy over the next decade, according to a major new
report, which seeks to dispel the belief that tackling environmental

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BBC admits ‘we get climate change coverage wrong too often’

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:02:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/07/bbc-we-get-climate-change-coverage-wrong-too-often>

"Briefing sent to editorial staff on global warming says ‘you do not
need a denier to balance the debate’"

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Read the letter a trans boy wrote to his neighbor, making her cry

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:04:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/letter-trans-boy-wrote-neighbor/

"Numerous studies have been done to show the struggles that trans youth,
and other youth in the community face. [...] One way to help combat this
for transgender youth is by respecting and using their chosen names and

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Climate change will reshape the world’s agricultural trade

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:35 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://johnmenadue.com/luciana-porfirio-david-newth-john-finnigan-climate-change-will-reshape-the-worlds-agricultural-trade/>

"In a paper published today in Nature Palgrave, we show that climate
change will affect global markets by reshaping agricultural trading
patterns."

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These Glowing Mushroom Lamps Are Pure Magic And I Want Them All, Please

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:02:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.epbot.com/2018/09/these-glowing-mushroom-lamps-are-pure.html

"This loveliness is the creation of a Ukrainian artist named Katya
Sneg
, and the second I clicked over to explore her account TheSnowMade,
I fell down a rabbit hole of pure magic."

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"Declaration" music video

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:06:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84SNHaEPbNk

Declaration from the musical Share. The lyrics from this song are
derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 03:03:32 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.wired.com/story/notpetya-cyberattack-ukraine-russia-code-crashed-the-world/>

"The result was more than $10 billion in total damages, according to a White
House assessment confirmed to WIRED by former Homeland Security adviser Tom
Bossert, who at the time of the attack was President Trump’s most senior

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The Reality Stars and Russian Trolls of the Brand-New ‘Busytown’

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 03:08:05 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.topic.com/the-reality-stars-and-russian-trolls-of-the-brand-new-busytown

Great style parody.  Via Christopher Lamke.

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Mental health crisis in teens is being magnified by demise of creative subjects in school

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 03:10:08 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/mental-health-crisis-in-teens-is-being-magnified-by-demise-of-creative-subjects-in-school-102383>

Via Muse, who added: "When school becomes about manufacturing cogs and not
nurturing human beings."

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Anti-Trans ‘Bathroom Bills’ Are Based On Lies. Here’s The Research To Show It.

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:32:44 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-transgender-bathroom-crime_us_5b96c5b0e4b0511db3e52825>

Ideally, make all toilets safer for everyone, including unisex toilets. Unisex
toilets also address other issues such as the unequal availability of gendered
toilets.

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The Intellectual Dishonesty Of Those Supporting The Existing Text Of The EU Copyright Directive

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:35:34 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180911/13173940617/intellectual-dishonesty-those-supporting-existing-text-eu-copyright-directive.shtml>

The punchline: /...amazingly, some people are taking this shit seriously. It is
not serious. It is blatantly dishonest and should be treated as such./

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The “Developer Experience” Bait-and-Switch

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:38:00 +0930

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

Andrew Pam
<https://infrequently.org/2018/09/the-developer-experience-bait-and-switch/>

Great post - too much Javascript makes the web slow, and it's all too common
these days.

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Eyes on the pies: how Mabel Normand, Chaplin’s mentor, changed cinema

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 02:55:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/sep/07/eyes-on-the-pies-how-mabel-normand-chaplins-mentor-changed-cinema>

"Hollywood’s queen of silent comedy was the first actor to have her name
above a studio – and to hurl a custard pie on screen. Now she is back in
the spotlight"

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Tim "Net Neutrality" Wu on the case for breaking up Facebook

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 02:56:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/09/07/los-chicago-boys.html

...because the problem with Big Tech isn't "tech," it's "big."

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Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 02:59:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/13/scientific-publishing-rip-off-taxpayers-fund-research>

"Those who take on the global industry that traps research behind
paywalls are heroes, not thieves"

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Reforming our political system is not a quick fix. Here’s a step-by-step guide to how to do it

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:07:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/reforming-our-political-system-is-not-a-quick-fix-heres-a-step-by-step-guide-to-how-to-do-it-102415>

"The key to renewing Australia’s democratic system is to view it as our
next major reform challenge, just as economic renewal was prioritised in
the 1980s and ’90s."

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It happened there: how democracy died in Hungary

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:09:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/9/13/17823488/hungary-democracy-authoritarianism-trump>

"Hungary is a warning of what could happen when a ruthless,
anti-minority populist backed by a major political party is allowed to
govern unchecked. Americans need to pay attention."

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Nearly third of Earth’s surface must be protected to prevent mass extinction, warn leading scientists

Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:14:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/wildlife-protection-national-parks-mass-extinction-earth-national-geographic-society-a8536606.html>

"Two leading scientists have issued a call for massive swathes of the
planet’s land and sea to be protected from human interference in order
to avert mass extinction."

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Chocolate Kraken

Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:15:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.neatorama.com/2018/09/13/Chocolate-Kraken/

"Watch these guys build a chocolate boat - and a monster to attack it!
This work of art is a collaboration between Las Vegas pastry chef Amaury
Guichon and Montréal chocolatier Christophe Morel."

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Here are your 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners

Wed, 26 Sep 2018 03:16:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/the-serious-science-of-the-ig-nobel-prizes-will-make-you-laugh-then-think/>

"The 2018 awards honor research on cursing while driving and
cannibalistic calories."

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Insect Armageddon

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 04:17:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/29/opinion/insect-armageddon-ecosystem-.html>

"There is alarming new evidence that insect populations worldwide are in
rapid decline. As Prof. Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex, a
co-author of a new insect study, put it, we are “on course for

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A German Couple Winds Up on U.S. No-Fly List

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 04:18:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-german-couple-winds-up-on-the-u-s-no-fly-list-a-1227620.html>

"When Europeans land on the U.S. No-Fly List, they have almost no chance
to challenge it, as a German couple from Stuttgart recently found out
the hard way. Their case casts light on an Orwellian lack of

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Media Manipulation, Strategic Amplification, and Responsible Journalism

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 04:20:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://points.datasociety.net/media-manipulation-strategic-amplification-and-responsible-journalism-95f4d611f462>

"What’s at stake is not whether these organizations are restricting
discussions concerning free-market economics or failing to allow
conservative perspectives to be heard. What’s at stake is how fringe

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The (awesome) economics of open source

Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:05:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://opensource.com/article/18/9/awesome-economics-open-source

'W. Edwards Deming said "experience teaches nothing without theory," so
I'm going to explain the theory that I believe underlies the 30+ years
of experience I've witnessed in the world of successful open source

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Virginia Trioli on being a difficult woman in a difficult world

Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:11:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-15/virginia-trioli-speech-at-women-in-media-conference/10247488>

Great speech.  Via Edward Borland.

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Why Growth Can’t Be Green

Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:12:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/09/12/why-growth-cant-be-green/

"New data proves you can support capitalism or the environment—but it’s
hard to do both."

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The Radical Dissent of Helen Keller

Fri, 28 Sep 2018 23:14:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/the-radical-dissent-of-helen-keller>

"Here’s what they don’t teach: When the blind-deaf visionary learned
that poor people were more likely to be blind than others, she set off
down a pacifist, socialist path that broke the boundaries of her

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Women and democracy: What does it take to change politics as usual?

Fri, 28 Sep 2018 23:15:40 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/we-the-peoples/women-and-democracy-what-does-it-take-to-change-politics-as-usual-8dcdfbee7183>

"Right now, countries around the world are facing a range of risks that
threaten their stability, from rising environmental crises to deepening
inequality and economic pressures. It’s also a time of brilliant

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Feral cats to friendly pets as woman rehabilitates wild moggies wandering streets

Fri, 28 Sep 2018 23:16:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-16/feral-cats-to-friendly-pets-as-woman-rehabilitates-wild-moggies/10246910>

'Self-confessed cat whisperer Yvette Harper refers to her home as "a
halfway house" for unwanted moggies.'

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History's solutions to runaway inequality: warfare, revolution, state collapse and plague

Sat, 29 Sep 2018 23:29:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/09/11/eat-the-rich-4.html

"At the center of his work is the question of whether today's runaway
inequality can be peacefully corrected, or whether we're headed for
another disaster. Certainly, the spectre of climate disaster, abetted by

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Here’s the science behind the Brexit vote and Trump’s rise

Sat, 29 Sep 2018 23:30:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/17/science-behind-brexit-vote-trump>

"My research shows that when people feel threatened they want ‘tighter’
social norms, with profound consequences for politics"

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The New Trailer For Mary Poppins Returns Reveals A Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Emily Blunt

Sat, 29 Sep 2018 23:31:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/09/the-new-trailer-for-mary-poppins-returns-reveals-a-supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-emily-blunt/>

What a cast!!  Via Kam-Yung Soh.

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Apple Didn't Delete That Guys iTunes Movies, But What Happened Still Shows The Insanity Of Copyright

Sun, 30 Sep 2018 22:46:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180917/00315040654/apple-didnt-delete-that-guys-itunes-movies-what-happened-still-shows-insanity-copyright.shtml>

"It's this overwhelming, obsessive desire to "control" each and every
use that messes with so many people's lives -- including da Silva's --
and makes sure that the public has almost no respect at all for copyright."

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Our regulators fail to protect the vulnerable from the greedy. Let's find out why

Sun, 30 Sep 2018 22:47:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/19/our-regulators-fail-to-protect-the-vulnerable-from-the-greedy-lets-find-out-why>

"So if we really want to understand why so many scandals are occurring
in so many sectors – and that’s a big “if” for a body politic that has
resisted a federal corruption watchdog for decades – we need to look for

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Everybody's Brain Knows How to Run a Tail

Sun, 30 Sep 2018 22:48:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://logicmag.io/05-everybodys-brain-knows-how-to-run-a-tail/

"There have been a few different experiments with putting a tail on a
person in virtual reality. But the best, most rigorous work came out of
Mel Slater's lab at University College London. That particular tail was

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