Glass Wings Blog: January 2019

Travel Photographer of the Year Winners’ Galleries

Tue, 1 Jan 2019 22:57:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.tpoty.com/tpoty-winners-galleries/

"We hope you enjoy this magnificent display of the winning images from
the Travel Photographer of the Year awards."

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I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon.

Tue, 1 Jan 2019 22:58:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/12/what-its-like-to-deliver-packages-for-amazon/578986/>

"There’s a certain novelty, after decades at a legacy media company, in
playing for the team that’s winning big."

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Bryan Adams: Longer Copyright Term Enriches Intermediaries, Not Creators

Tue, 1 Jan 2019 23:00:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://torrentfreak.com/bryan-adams-longer-copyright-term-enriches-intermediaries-not-creators-181227/>

"Right now, Canadian copyright reverts to a creator’s heirs 25 years
after “death.” By changing the word “death” to “assignment”, creators
terminate a copyright assignment while they’re still alive.

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Millions Upon Millions Of 'Takedown' Notices To Google... For Links That Aren't Even In Google

Wed, 2 Jan 2019 23:43:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20181227/10311341298/millions-upon-millions-takedown-notices-to-google-links-that-arent-even-google.shtml>

Punchline: "Anyway, the next time you hear the likes of the RIAA or MPAA
claiming that the DMCA notice-and-takedown safe harbors aren't working
because of the number of takedowns, you can safely note that they are

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Trump's reality show and the process of 'making the court jester the king'

Wed, 2 Jan 2019 23:44:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trumps-reality-show-and-the-process-making-the-court-jester-the-king/>

"The show’s creators sought a “heavyweight tycoon” for the feature role
and settled on Trump, which meant fooling the audience into taking Trump
seriously."

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A howling good time: Wolves celebrate Christmas with a bacon-draped tree at Wolf Park

Wed, 2 Jan 2019 23:45:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.indystar.com/story/news/environment/2018/12/28/christmas-wolf-park-wolves-eat-bacon-off-tree/2140964002/>

"Raw bacon, deli meats, Reddi-wip and Cheez Whiz are probably not the
decorations you want on your tree.

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The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected

Thu, 3 Jan 2019 22:39:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.wired.com/story/future-book-is-here-but-not-what-we-expected/>

"Physical books today look like physical books of last century. And
digital books of today look, feel, and function almost identically to
digital books of 10 years ago, when the Kindle launched. The biggest

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Hand Crafted, Comfy Looking Seating Sculptures Depicting Endangered Species by Designer Porky Hefer

Thu, 3 Jan 2019 22:40:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://laughingsquid.com/porky-hefer-endangered-species-seating-sculptures/>

"South African designer Porky Hefer in collaboration with Schiff Fine
Art in New York and Southern Guild in Cape Town, created “Endangered” a
snuggly series of hand crafted, tactile seating sculptures that depict

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New Life for Old Classics, as Their Copyrights Run Out

Thu, 3 Jan 2019 22:42:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/29/books/copyright-extension-literature-public-domain.html>

"Now that the term extension has run out, the spigot has been turned
back on. Each January will bring a fresh crop of novels, plays, music
and movies into the public domain. Over the next few years, the impact

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The oral history of the Hampsterdance: The twisted true story of one of the world's first memes

Sun, 6 Jan 2019 02:30:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cbc.ca/arts/the-oral-history-of-the-hampsterdance-the-twisted-true-story-of-one-of-the-world-s-first-memes-1.4958325>

"What you're about to read is an oral history of the Hampsterdance, as
told by some of the people whose lives were tangled up in its tale."

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I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America.

Sun, 6 Jan 2019 02:32:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cable-tech-dick-cheney-sex-dungeon_us_5c0ea571e4b06484c9fd4c21>

"A glimpse of the suburban grotesque, featuring Russian mobsters, Fox
News rage addicts, a caged man in a sex dungeon, and Dick Cheney."

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Anti-Piracy Companies Continually Report IMDb as a Pirate Site

Sun, 6 Jan 2019 02:33:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-companies-continually-report-imdb-as-a-pirate-site-181230/>

"For movie fans everywhere, IMDb is one of the world's best resources
for information. Sadly, however, many anti-piracy companies can't tell
the difference between IMDb and a pirate site. Ironically, their

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What happened to the women who built the video game industry?

Sun, 6 Jan 2019 23:19:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://mic.com/articles/182786/women-in-video-games-history-roberta-williams-lori-cole-sierra-games>

"There were no rules. All that mattered was seeing what the newly
invented home computer could do."

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Hot tub hack reveals washed-up security protection

Sun, 6 Jan 2019 23:20:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46674706

"Thousands of hot tubs can be hacked and controlled remotely because of
a hole in their online security, BBC Click has revealed."

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This Woman Only Discovered She Was Intersex After Watching A Viral Video About It

Sun, 6 Jan 2019 23:22:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.buzzfeed.com/patrickstrudwick/this-woman-only-discovered-she-was-intersex-after-watching>

"“My life could have been 100% different if one person would have told
me the truth,” Irene Kuzemko told BuzzFeed News.

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Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich

Mon, 7 Jan 2019 23:04:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/30/doomsday-prep-for-the-super-rich>

"Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York,
and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization."

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The study on collapse they thought you should not read – yet

Mon, 7 Jan 2019 23:06:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://jembendell.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/the-study-on-collapse-they-thought-you-should-not-read-yet/>

"I have met many more people who believe an imminent societal collapse
invites personal and collective transformation with universal love at
the core, than I have met people who become grim survivalists.

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Sunday Sweets Goes Wild!

Mon, 7 Jan 2019 23:07:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2018/12/30/sunday-sweets-goes-wild.html

"We usually have pretty sedate New Year's Eves,
but this year I've invited a bunch of

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This Radical Plan to Fund the Green New Deal Just Might Work

Tue, 8 Jan 2019 23:03:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/this-radical-plan-to-fund-the-green-new-deal-just-might-work-20181226>

"A network of public banks could underwrite the new New Deal in the same
way President Franklin Roosevelt financed the original."

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Announcing The Public Domain Game Jam: Gaming Like It's 1923

Tue, 8 Jan 2019 23:06:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20181230/22225341310/announcing-public-domain-game-jam-gaming-like-1923.shtml>

"If the idea of a game jam is new to you, it's pretty simple: it's just
a month-long contest for you to create games: these can be video games,
board games, card games, RPGs, interactive fiction, etc. The one key

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Brazil Is About To Show The World How A Modern Democracy Collapses

Tue, 8 Jan 2019 23:07:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/brazil-jair-bolsonaro-democracy-threat_us_5c2a30c5e4b08aaf7a929cbb>

"This is not exclusively a Brazilian phenomenon. Countries around the
world, from Hungary to Turkey to the Philippines, have turned to noisy
leaders who promise instant renewals and silver-bullet solutions under

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Cafe opens in Tokyo staffed by robots controlled by paralyzed people

Wed, 9 Jan 2019 23:57:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://soranews24.com/2018/11/29/cafe-opens-in-tokyo-staffed-by-robots-controlled-by-paralyzed-people/>

This is awesome.  Punchline: "In an age where people complain that
robots are taking all the jobs, it’s nice to see an instance of robots
giving people jobs for a change, especially in such a meaningful way."

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What the Believers Are Denying

Wed, 9 Jan 2019 23:58:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/01/what-deniers-climate-change-and-racism-share/579190/>

"And in their ridiculous answers to ridiculous questions, denialists
evince more than disbelief. They explain their disbelief using examples
in their direct line of sight. They do not trust the far-flung

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The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:01:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/12/28/18156094/conditional-optimism-climate-change>

"People can face even overwhelming odds with good spirits if they feel
part of a community dedicated to a common purpose. What’s terrible is
not facing great threat and long odds — what’s terrible is facing them

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The language of capitalism isn’t just annoying, it’s dangerous

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:03:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theoutline.com/post/6739/keywords-book-review-language-of-capitalism>

"A new book argues that words like “innovation” are doing more than
telling you who to avoid at parties."

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An Elephant’s Personhood on Trial

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:04:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/12/happy-elephant-personhood/578818/>

"In considering Happy’s circumstances and what might be done to improve
them, should something more than animal-welfare laws and zoo
regulations—which the Bronx Zoo has not violated, but arguably are

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Zimbabwean Students Win for Their Performance of a Brilliantly Choreographed Marimba Dance Routine

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:05:31 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://laughingsquid.com/brilliantly-choreographed-marimba-dance-routine/>

"During the National Institute of Allied Arts, Zimbabwe‘s 2017 “Vocal
and Instrumental Eisteddfod”, a group of student from Hillcrest College
performed a brilliantly choreographed marimba routine that combined the

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'Momentum is growing': reasons to be hopeful about the environment in 2019

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 22:42:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/02/climate-change-environment-2019-future-reasons-hope>

"As we reflect on a year of extreme weather and ominous climate talks,
Guardian environment writer Fiona Harvey explains why 2019 could see
some much-needed breakthroughs"

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How The Lord of the Rings Changed Publishing Forever

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 22:44:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.tor.com/2019/01/03/a-new-age-the-lord-of-the-rings-by-j-r-r-tolkien/>

"Sometimes, the right book comes along with the right message at the
right time and ends up not only a literary classic, but a cultural
phenomenon that ushers in a new age…"

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Copyright, Culture, Sharing, Remix... And A Congresswoman Dancing As A College Student

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 22:46:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190104/12443041332/copyright-culture-sharing-remix-congresswoman-dancing-as-college-student.shtml>

"Indeed, this whole story is a lesson in the power of culture and
communities to actually rise above the ridiculousness of today's
copyright laws (mostly) to actually showcase their communities and

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Australia takes from the poor to give to the rich

Sun, 13 Jan 2019 00:05:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-takes-from-the-poor-to-give-to-the-rich-20180404-p4z7sn.html>

"Research commissioned by Anglicare Australia shows that each year, a
staggering $68 billion is spent keeping the wealthiest households
wealthy. That is greater than the cost of Newstart, disability support,

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Americans Don’t Understand How Bad Climate Change Is Or What They Can Do About It

Sun, 13 Jan 2019 00:06:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/americans-climate-change-science_us_5c1a9692e4b03f9bd52cc8c3>

“As a climate scientist, I am often asked to talk about hope.
Particularly in the current political climate, audiences want to be told
that everything will be all right in the end,” she said. “I have no hope

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きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ - 音ノ国 , KYARY PAMYU PAMYU - OTO NO KUNI

Sun, 13 Jan 2019 00:07:39 +1100

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

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

Another mind-blowing music video from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Why Wall Street Isn’t Useful for the Real Economy

Sun, 13 Jan 2019 22:22:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://evonomics.com/corporate-law-wall-street-useful-lynn-stout/

"It’s time to challenge the idea that Wall Street trading helps allocate
society’s resources more efficiently"

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Katharine Hayhoe: 'A thermometer is not liberal or conservative'

Sun, 13 Jan 2019 22:23:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jan/06/katharine-hayhoe-interview-climate-change-scientist-crisis-hope>

"The award-winning atmospheric scientist on the urgency of the climate
crisis and why people are her biggest hope"

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Sunday Sweets Makes Sure You Eat Your Greens

Sun, 13 Jan 2019 22:24:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2019/1/6/sunday-sweets-makes-sure-you-eat-your-greens.html>

"So hey, how are those New Year's Resolutions coming? Hmmm?

Oof, same here.

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This woman offered to be the ‘mom’ at any gay wedding. Her post went viral.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:55:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/01/04/this-woman-offered-be-mom-any-gay-wedding-her-post-went-viral/>

"After Sara Cunningham’s youngest child told her in 2011 he was gay, it
took years for the Oklahoma City secretary and mother of two to accept
it. Eventually, she began to stand up against her conservative Baptist

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Oil Fail

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:56:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/201x/2019/01/06/Oil-Fail

"To­day I learned things that I think ev­ery en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and
in­vest­ment man­ag­er should know: A co­her­ent ar­gu­ment that we are
more or less at Peak Oil. Not the Nineties ver­sion, which wor­ried that

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Japanese monks hit Twitter to protest driving ticket in the most brilliant way

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:58:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/japanese-monks-hit-twitter-to-protest-driving-ticket-hilarity-ensues/>

"When cops in Japan told a monk he shouldn’t drive a car wearing his
traditional garb because his robe may affect his ability to handle the
vehicle, an offbeat response by fellow monks went viral on social media."

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Arundhati Roy on Fiction in the Face of Rising Fascism

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:30:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://truthout.org/video/arundhati-roy-on-fiction-in-the-face-of-rising-fascism/>

"The thing is, people spend so much time mocking Trump or waiting for
him to be impeached. And the danger with that kind of obsession with a
single person is that you don’t see the system that produced him."

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Giant singers from neighboring oceans share song parts over time

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:31:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/wcs-gsf010819.php

"Singing humpback whales from different ocean basins seem to be picking
up musical ideas from afar, and incorporating these new phrases and
themes into the latest song, according to a newly published study in

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Simple FOSS versus Complex Enterprise Software

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:31:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://levlafayette.com/node/583

'As is often the case real IT operators in large organisations find
themselves having to deal with "enterprise" software which has been
imposed upon them. The decision to implement such software is usually

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The First Time My White Husband Witnessed Someone Discriminate Against Me for the Color of My Skin

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:47:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.glamour.com/story/amber-ruffin-on-being-in-an-interacial-relationship>

"As a black woman in America, Amber Ruffin, who is a writer and
performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers, is used to dealing with her
share of bias. Her husband Jan wasn’t. Jan is white—and Dutch. They

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Open world paint 'em up Eastshade arrives February 13th

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:49:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/01/08/open-world-art-adventure-eastshade-soon/>

"Eastshade seems a much calmer take on open world fantasy adventures
than most. It may have crafting and construction, but there’s no swords
or bows or guns, just painting. Set up your easel, take in the scenes of

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Thousands of stars turning into crystals

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:50:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uow-tos010819.php

"The first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into
crystals has been discovered by astronomers at the University of
Warwick, and our skies are filled with them"

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Client Liaison - World Of Our Love

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:32:35 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XnyF-tDia4

Aussie Aussie Aussie!

Also check out their amazing website: http://www.clientliaison.com

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The Mysterious Life (and Death) of Africa’s Oldest Trees

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:33:50 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.topic.com/the-mysterious-life-and-death-of-africa-s-oldest-trees>

"“Anybody who thinks about the speed at which the climate is changing
most species will have problems going forward, and baobabs will be no
exception,” said David Baum."

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clear channel uses digital billboards to help the homeless find shelter in sweden

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 22:34:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.designboom.com/technology/clear-channel-ooh-campaign-helps-homeless-sweden-01-08-2019/>

"clear channel sweden has partnered with the local government to launch
the ‘out of home’ (OOH) campaign in an effort to direct stockholm’s
homeless population towards shelter during the cold winter months. the

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