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Musicians only got 12% of the $43 billion the music industry generated in 2017, and it mostly came from touring

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 22:47:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.businessinsider.com.au/musicians-received-12-percent-43-billion-generated-by-music-industry-study-2018-8>

The punchline: “Currently artists are at the end of the line,” Niclas
said in the report. “They get the smallest piece of the pie even though
they are the ones creating the content. In any other industry you

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Paradise Foundation Honors African Rangers Protecting Wildlife

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 22:45:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.alizila.com/paradise-foundation-honors-african-rangers-protecting-wildlife/>

"The Paradise Foundation, a Chinese conservation charity co-led by
Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, on Tuesday awarded grants to 50
African rangers working to protect wildlife on the continent."

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Code Golf masterclass: fitting a whole bootable CDROM game into a tweet

Sat, 18 Aug 2018 22:44:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/08/03/take-that-el-torito.html

"Alok Menghrajani is a master player of the game of Code Golf, in which
you challenge yourself to do something useful in as few characters as
possible; his latest triumph is fitting a bootable CDROM image including

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Universal basic income hasn’t made me rich. But my life is more enriching

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 23:26:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/07/universal-basic-income-rich-finland-work-benefits>

"Trying out the scheme in Finland pushed me to find better work
opportunities. It beats a complicated benefits system"

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SynthMania: 1960s-style jazz organ

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 23:25:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ62-CdKJMo

"A Sunday jam inspired by the wonderful sound of 1960s organ jazz trios."

Paolo demonstrates that he can also play some sweet Jazz, bringing the

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Air-legal, all-electric “flying car” announced in the US

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 23:24:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reneweconomy.com.au/air-legal-electric-flying-car-announced-us-68085/>

"As well as being able to fly, the “car” also has full freshwater
amphibious capabilities. But it is principally designed to operate from
small grassy areas and travel distances of up to 40km at speeds up to

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The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 04:56:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/09/cognitive-bias/565775/>

"When people hear the word bias, many if not most will think of either
racial prejudice or news organizations that slant their coverage to
favor one political position over another. Present bias, by contrast, is

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The apocalyptic tone of heatwave-reporting doesn’t go far enough – not when the issue is human extinction

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 04:54:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/heatwave-weather-report-human-extinction-issue-a8478271.html>

"For that we need more than catastrophist foresight. We need something
to yearn for. We need to answer a question that we barely even know how
to ask: what will we do with ourselves as a species if we choose not to

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Librarian photographs all the beautiful libraries he visits

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 04:48:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/08/01/librarian-photographs-all-the.html

"Librarian Thomas Guignard (a.k.a. timtom) has a wonderful collection of
Creative Commons photographs of libraries he's taken over the years."

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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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