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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.

Why Did Lebanon Let a Bomb-in-Waiting Sit in a Warehouse for 6 Years?

Sun, 9 Aug 2020 05:27:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/opinion/beirut-explosions.html

"By all appearances the port disaster did not involve the usual suspects
— Hezbollah, Israel, jihadist terrorism or the government of neighboring
Syria. The truth seems to be both duller and more disturbing: Decades of

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Defining the ’90s Music Canon

Sun, 9 Aug 2020 05:26:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://pudding.cool/2020/07/song-decay/

"Measuring music’s popularity has always been contained to a certain
period of time: peak chart ranking, awards, opening-week sales—a song’s
performance at its prime.

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Wildlife forensics: how a giant pangolin named Ghost could help save the species

Sat, 8 Aug 2020 04:30:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/04/wildlife-forensics-how-a-giant-pangolin-named-ghost-could-help-save-the-species-aoe>

"After a two-week chase through Lopé-Okanda national park, a mosaic of
rainforest and savannah in central Gabon, David Lehmann and his Wildlife
Capture Unit were celebrating – they had caught a giant pangolin

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topher fixed it

Sat, 8 Aug 2020 04:27:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.topherpayne.com/fixed-it

"Ever settle in with the young person in your life to read one of your
childhood favorites, like THE GIVING TREE or THE RAINBOW FISH, only to
get halfway through it and go, "Wait, WHAT?"

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The Great Green Wall of Africa: Is this the next wonder of the world?

Fri, 7 Aug 2020 05:46:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.euronews.com/living/2020/08/01/the-great-green-wall-of-africa-is-this-the-next-wonder-of-the-world>

"Desertification is a major problem around the world, not least in the
Sahel region (which runs from the southern belt of the Sahara to the
Sudanian savanna below) where some of the world’s poorest communities

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Text Adventures: A Brief History of Interactive Fiction Games

Fri, 7 Aug 2020 05:45:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://professionalmoron.com/2020/07/25/history-of-interactive-fiction-games/>

"These are text-based, narrative video games where the player types
commands into a computer. And that leads to your interaction with the
digital world."

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William English, Who Helped Build the Computer Mouse, Dies at 91

Thu, 6 Aug 2020 05:35:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/technology/william-english-who-helped-build-the-computer-mouse-dies-at-91.html>

"William English, the engineer and researcher who helped build the first
computer mouse and, in 1968, orchestrated an elaborate demonstration of
the technology that foretold the computers, tablets and smartphones of

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Instant Crush | Daft Punk | Pomplamoose

Thu, 6 Aug 2020 05:34:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GRRsZip6-o

"A cover of Instant Crush by Pomplamoose."

Pomplamoose are absolutely crushing it!

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Endangered tigers have made a remarkable comeback in five countries

Wed, 5 Aug 2020 07:01:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newscientist.com/article/2250138-endangered-tigers-have-made-a-remarkable-comeback-in-five-countries/>

"Tiger numbers are increasing across five of the countries where the
endangered big cat is found, conservationists have said.

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Kinetic wave sculpture

Wed, 5 Aug 2020 07:00:13 +1000

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

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

"This is a Kinetic wave sculpture made from mostly all wood. Each wave
is driven by a cam that moves the wave both horizontally and vertically.
There are 3 different type of fish, most of which don`t actually jump

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