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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.

Self-Driving Cars Are Too Good at 3-Point Turns, So Google Dumbed Them Down

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:22:10 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a23884/self-driving-cars-3-point-turns/

"Teaching cars to drive themselves is only half the battle. The other half is
teaching them to drive in a way that doesn't scare the hell out of their human
occupants."

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Hayao Miyazaki Ends Retirement to Direct a New Feature-Length Animation

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:19:59 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thefilmstage.com/news/hayao-miyazaki-ends-retirement-to-direct-another-feature-length-animation/>

"What was thought to be his swan song, 2013’s The Wind Rises, was the perfect
send-off for director Hayao Miyazaki: a stunningly detailed, bold, haunting,
and personal animation that we named one of the best of the century thus far.

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Turning on, Booting up, and Jacking into Neuromancer

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:17:46 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.filfre.net/2016/11/turning-on-booting-up-and-jacking-into-neuromancer/

"When a novel becomes notably successful, Hollywood generally comes calling to
secure the film rights. Many an author naively assumes that the acquisition of
films rights means an actual film will get made, and in fairly short order at

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Forty-Five: A Republic, if you can keep it

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:15:43 -0600

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reddit.com/r/dredmorbius/comments/5c88gg/fortyfive_a_republic_if_you_can_keep_it/>

"If we're going to solve hard, complex, and fractious problems, a functional
polity is necessary. And this doesn't look like one."

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Great Problems: An Epidemic of Rent-seeking

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 07:12:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://devinhelton.com/2013/04/14/rent-seeking-economy/

In a healthy society, people acquire wealth by making stuff people want.
Yeoman farmers till plots to provide for their nutritional wants. Laborers
assemble motorcycles for consumers who pay money because they find the motor

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Photographer Tracks Down People He Snapped In His Hometown Almost 40 Years Ago To Recreate The Remarkable Images

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:48:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://designyoutrust.com/2016/11/photographer-tracks-down-people-he-snapped-in-his-hometown-almost-40-years-ago-to-recreate-the-remarkable-images/>

"Paramedic Chris Porsz spent hours walking around the city of
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire (Great Britain) in the late 1970s and 80s,
taking candid shots of punks and policemen, siblings and sweethearts,

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Canadian province to give every citizen $1,320 income boost to overcome poverty

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:47:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/canadian-province-to-give-every-citizen-1320-income-boost-to-overcome-poverty-a7411281.html>

"One in five children live in poverty in Canada, according to Unicef,
and a recent poll found two-thirds of Canadians open to the idea of
basic income"

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A New Home for Homeless Christians

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:46:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.redletterchristians.org/a-new-home-for-homeless-christians/

"Trying to mix Christianity with a political party can be sort of like
mixing ice cream with horse manure. It might not harm the manure, but it
sure messes up the ice cream."

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Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:44:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.splcenter.org/20150126/speak-responding-everyday-bigotry

"The Southern Poverty Law Center gathered hundreds of stories of
everyday bigotry from people across the United States. They told their
stories through e-mail, personal interviews and at roundtable

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14 Fascinating Color Photographs of Germany in the Late 19th Century

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:02:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.vintag.es/2016/11/14-fascinating-color-photographs-of.html

"All of these amazing color photographs of Germany were originally made by the
Photochrom process, a method of transferring black and white photographic
negatives to lithographic and chromographic printing stones which was popular

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