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The Glass Wings mailing list and blog is for general idle chit-chat about things we find interesting, especially humor, animation or other subjects relevant to the Glass Wings web site.

Companies Respond To The GDPR By Blocking All EU Users

Sun, 20 May 2018 23:52:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180509/14021739811/companies-respond-to-gdpr-blocking-all-eu-users.shtml>

"...the larger issue to me is how this is increasingly splintering the
internet, and doing so in a way that we're not entirely prepared for."

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Taking Children from Their Parents Is a Form of State Terror

Sun, 20 May 2018 23:50:00 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/taking-children-from-their-parents-is-a-form-of-state-terror>

"When my kids were fifteen and twelve, we lived through a period during
which the Russian government was threatening to take children away from
queer parents, and, specifically, threatening to go after my kids. I

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“The Right to Have Rights” and the Plight of the Stateless

Sun, 20 May 2018 23:48:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-right-to-have-rights-and-the-plight-of-the-stateless>

Reflections on Hannah Arendt.  Muse added:

"The author's concerns are well-founded. I find her conclusions on the

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Squirrel Island

Sun, 20 May 2018 23:47:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://vimeo.com/169167032

"Sci-fi action thriller following Dot, a renegade grey squirrel trapped
on a hostile and mysterious red squirrel island. Teaming up with a
reluctant acorn partner, they uncover a horrifying red squirrel plot.

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7 Powerful Harry Potter Scenes That Did Not Make It To The Movies Finally Come To Life Thanks To This Illustrator

Sat, 19 May 2018 22:13:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.boredpanda.com/harry-potter-movie-comics-left-scenes-katie-knudson/>

"People say that the book is always better than the movie. Mostly
because the movie leaves things out. To help Potterheads visually
revisit their favorite moments from the series, artist Katie Knudson

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This Indonesian company wants to replace plastic with edible seaweed packaging

Sat, 19 May 2018 22:12:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2018/05/09/this-indonesian-company-wants-to-replace-plastic-with-edible-seaweed-packaging/>

"What to do about the plastic planet? The seas are steadily filling up
with plastic, and it’s vital to find ways to address the problem. One
way to do this is to move away from plastic usage towards more

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Happy Birthday to Me, Here’s a Story For You: “Regarding Your Application Status”

Sat, 19 May 2018 22:11:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://whatever.scalzi.com/2018/05/10/happy-birthday-to-me-heres-a-story-for-you-regarding-your-application-status/>

"The idea of the story is simple: There’s a galaxy-spanning federation
of planets out there, and we humans of Earth are super excited about it.
And we say “Can we join?” And they say, “Well, you can apply.” And this

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An online collection of high-res scans of M.C. Escher’s prints

Fri, 18 May 2018 23:24:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://kottke.org/18/05/an-online-collection-of-high-res-scans-of-mc-eschers-prints>

"The Boston Public Library has digitized their collection of M.C. Escher
prints; browse the whole collection here. The level of zoom you can get
to with these images is amazing."

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AI Isn’t a Crystal Ball, But It Might Be a Mirror

Fri, 18 May 2018 23:23:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wired.com/story/ideas-ai-as-mirror-not-crystal-ball

"We’re using algorithms as crystal balls to make predictions on behalf
of society, when we should be using them as a mirror to examine
ourselves and our social systems more critically."

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Utopia now

Fri, 18 May 2018 23:22:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://aeon.co/essays/why-the-utopian-vision-of-william-morris-is-now-within-reach>

"In 1890 William Morris imagined a world free from wage slavery. Thanks
to technology, his vision is finally within reach"

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