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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.

Filmmakers fighting “Happy Birthday” copyright find their “smoking gun”

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:26:55 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/apple/2015/07/filmmakers-fighting-happy-birthday-copyright-find-their-smoking-gun/>

'A 1927 kids' songbook proves "conclusively the song is in the public
domain."'

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Why We Need a Civic Imagination

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:25:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://civichall.org/civicist/why-we-need-a-civic-imagination/

"The crisis in civics is a crisis in agency. The solution is more
efforts to revive and expand our civic imagination."

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The Servitude Bubble

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:24:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/bad-words/the-servitude-bubble-c9e998c437c6

"Tech isn’t really making a “sharing” economy. So what is it making?"

Another thoughtful rant on the so-called "sharing economy".  Via Muse.

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Anti-Vaxxers Love Their Children Too

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:00:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/social-brain-social-mind/201502/anti-vaxxers-love-their-children-too>

"Changing someone’s beliefs, even when there is an unassailable right
and wrong, is among the hardest problems people ever face. It is much
harder than calculus or quantum physics.  But if we start from a

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Moral panic is sown to make us scaredy-cats – that’s nothing new

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:59:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/moral-panic-is-sown-to-make-us-scaredy-cats-thats-nothing-new-44994>

"In our era of 24-hour news, such outrage and hyperbole seem to be par
for the course. There are apparently lots of “worst ever” events and
“existential” threats we need to worry about. The hyperbole especially

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Foxtail - classic point and click adventure game

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:32:31 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/foxtail-classic-point-and-click-adventure-game#/story>

"Inspired by games of yesterday, Foxtail draws from such classics as
Legend of Kryandia, King’s Quest and Monkey Island. True to the point n’
click genre, Foxtail is a wonderfully animated pixel adventure, with a

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Moon Day 2015 – Projections and Progress

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:30:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://wp.lunatics.tv/?p=2886

"Moon Day 2015 has come and gone — the 4th since the pre-production
Kickstarter that formally started this project.  We’ve come a long,
long, LONG way in that time — a lot of production obstacles have been

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Smoking Gun: MPAA Emails Reveal Plan To Run Anti-Google Smear Campaign Via Today Show And WSJ

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:29:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150724/15501631756/smoking-gun-mpaa-emails-reveal-plan-to-run-anti-google-smear-campaign-via-today-show-wsj.shtml>

"If you talk to the reporters who work for various big media companies,
they insist that they have true editorial independence from the business
side of their companies. They insist that the news coverage isn't

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If the Justice League Were Samurai…

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:29:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.tor.com/2015/07/24/if-the-justice-league-were-samurai/

"The awesome fan and talented artist Brittney Williams has gone to the
trouble of reimagining DC’s superheroes as though they stepped out of
frames from your favorite Samurai movie. We’re swooning, everyone is so

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Chemistry Ph.D. Student Turned Her Thesis Into a Comic Book

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:28:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://mentalfloss.com/article/63280/chemistry-phd-student-turned-her-thesis-comic-book>

"Berns wanted to share her work with friends and family, but she
struggled to find an accessible way to do so. Eventually, she decided
that the best way to explain these divergent crystals was to diverge

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