Glass Wings Blog: July 2017

Mixed-Race In America

Sat, 1 Jul 2017 13:59:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@geoffreyvasile/mixed-race-in-america-fc03a00db028

"Race is a myth but it’s a powerful one. We need to start speaking about
it earnestly. In language harsh, critical, conciliatory, and most
importantly, humorous. We are all somewhere in this together; while the

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Fake climate negotiations produce real impacts

Sat, 1 Jul 2017 14:00:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/06/saving-the-world-from-climate-change-one-pretend-un-at-a-time/>

"A mock negotiation, complete with its own climate model, makes people
want to act."

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Dogs and wolves both get sad when you don’t treat them fairly

Sun, 2 Jul 2017 21:33:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.popsci.com/dogs-wolves-inequity

"Wolves and dogs are a lot like children: they want everything to be
fair and they have surprisingly elaborate social hierarchies. But unlike
children, canines don’t throw temper tantrums if you give their

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What Happens To Wolves When They're Raised Like Dogs?

Sun, 2 Jul 2017 21:35:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/06/what-happens-to-wolves-when-theyre-raised-like-dogs/>

"New research published today in Royal Society Open Science shows that
wolf puppies, when raised by humans, display signs of both attachment
and affection towards their owners, and that these feelings last into

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The Tyranny of the Minimum Viable User

Tue, 4 Jul 2017 23:03:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reddit.com/r/dredmorbius/comments/69wk8y/the_tyranny_of_the_minimum_viable_user/>

"In addressing shortcomings of a major web browser recently, I tossed
out a neologism for a neologistic age: Minimum viable user."

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Commentary: Cultural Appropriation Is, In Fact, Indefensible

Tue, 4 Jul 2017 23:04:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/06/28/533818685/cultural-appropriation-is-in-fact-indefensible>

"Those who defend it either don't understand what it is, misrepresent it
to muddy the conversation, or ignore its complexity — discarding any
nuances and making it easy to dismiss both appropriation and those who

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Why Google+ Is Still My Favorite Social Network

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 23:43:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@davidamerland/why-google-is-still-my-favorite-social-network-7bc26208914>

"This isn’t the time for me to tell you what I think about marketers who
fail to grasp the importance of G+ to Google search or why companies
that are selling in the 21st century continue to believe that if they

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Canadian Supreme Court Says It's Fine To Censor The Global Internet; Authoritarians & Hollywood Cheer...

Wed, 5 Jul 2017 23:44:36 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170628/11273937689/canadian-supreme-court-says-fine-to-censor-global-internet-authoritarians-hollywood-cheer.shtml>

"Enabling countries to reach across borders to censor the internet does
not end well. You are giving veto power over speech to the most
repressive regimes, just because you dislike a company."

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The evolution of physical music formats - an interactive timeline

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 23:55:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thevinylfactory.com/features/the-evolution-of-physical-music-formats-an-interactive-timeline/>

"Get physical with our interactive timeline which charts the evolution
of tangible formats from Edison phonographic cylinders through various
iterations of the vinyl record, onto magnetic tape and cassettes before

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The German and British children who became post-war friends

Thu, 6 Jul 2017 23:56:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-40160310

"In 1947 Germany and the UK were both still reeling after World War Two.
But in Reading that did not stop the mayor, in the face of fierce
criticism, inviting impoverished children from the city of Dusseldorf to

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Magnetic Scrolls Original Games Source Code Recovered!

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 18:51:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://strandgames.com/blog/magnetic-scrolls-games-source-code-recovered>

"Here we have possibly the only surviving backup tape of the source code
to 30 year old historical game data being put into an oven and baked!

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A Beautiful Juvenile Elephant Gleefully Splashes Around In the Pool With His Mighty Trunk

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 18:52:04 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/elephant-splashes-around-in-the-pool/

"A big beautiful juvenile elephant named Samudra decided to go for a
sunny day swim at the Oregon Zoo. Once in the water, the pachyderm
gleefully splashed at the water with his mighty trunk, did an underwater

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The city that solved homelessness

Sat, 8 Jul 2017 18:26:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://crosscut.com/2017/06/homelessness-housing-crisis-seattle-vienna-solution/>

"Vienna offers a vision of a city that doesn’t shove long-time residents
to neighboring communities, accommodates a range of incomes, and
actually has enough affordable housing that the homeless problem is solved."

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Enormous Condor Thanks Man Who Saved His Life

Sat, 8 Jul 2017 18:27:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.neatorama.com/pet/2017/06/29/Enormous-Condor-Thanks-Man-Who-Saved-His-Life/>

"Condors don't strike me as being the most affectionate animals, but
maybe that's just me judging them by their somewhat vulture-y look and
those beady little eyes."

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Smart Transformers Will Make the Grid Cleaner and More Flexible

Sat, 8 Jul 2017 18:28:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/renewables/smart-transformers-will-make-the-grid-cleaner-and-more-flexible>

"It would be hard to overstate the importance of transformers in our
electrical networks. They’re literally everywhere: on poles and pads, in
substations and on private property, on the ground and under it. There

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Pence, Mulan, and Women in Military: An Argument Graph

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 17:57:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/@tunesmith/pence-mulan-and-women-in-military-an-argument-graph-b5063d4377fb>

"I’ve had an interest in “argument graphs” for quite a while now: the
practice of representing arguments into a graphical form which follows
the rational reasoning behind the argument."

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These wondrous sea wolves swim for miles and live off the watery wilds

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 17:58:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/animals/these-wondrous-sea-wolves-swim-miles-and-live-watery-wilds/>

"In a remote stretch of rainforest on Canada's Pacific coast, a unique
population of wolves has taken to a life of the sea."

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The Apocalypse Of Pop Culture By Filip Hodas

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 17:59:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/pop-culture-digital-art-filip-hodas/

"Filip Hodas, AKA Hoodass, is a freelance 3D artist from Prague, Czech
Republic, who does surreal and mind-bending renderings that are truly
out of this world. But none of his work is as captivating as this series

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Insanely Cute Cat Commercials from Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki’s Legendary Animation Shop

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:46:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.openculture.com/2015/07/insanely-cute-cat-commercials-from-studio-ghibli.html>

"Back in 2010, Hayao Miyazaki’s company Studio Ghibli produced a
commercial for the massive food conglomerate Nissin Seifun. The spot
centers on a rotund cat named Konyara who bats lazily at a red butterfly

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Humble Book Bundle: Stranger Creatures supporting Jane Goodall Institute

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:47:46 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.humblebundle.com/books/stranger-creatures-jane-goodall-books

"Jane Goodall's work with chimpanzees and her focus on conservation have
changed how we think of the wild world. Now, Humble has partnered with
the Jane Goodall Institute and Brick Tower Press to bring you a

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Facebook’s Not Designed to Create A “Global Community”

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:50:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/mother-jones/facebooks-not-designed-to-create-a-global-community-d521d8f9221a>

"In the early 1960’s, Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan coined the
term “global village.” He predicted that electronic technologies would
come to connect citizens around the world, forming one huge community."

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Oh My Dog, A Clever Animation About a Competitive Dog Show With One Very Passionate Human

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:51:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/oh-my-dog/

"In 2014, French filmmaker Chloé Alliez created “Oh My Dog“, a
wonderfully clever animated tale about an elite dog competition that
relied upon audience response to determine the winner."

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how to do nothing

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:13:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@the_jennitaur/how-to-do-nothing-57e100f59bbb

"This is a version of a keynote I gave at EYEO 2017 in Minneapolis."

A lengthy but wonderful keynote.

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How climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:13:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/07/climate-change-denial-scepticism-cynicism-politics>

"Doubts about the science are being replaced by doubts about the motives
of scientists and their political supporters. Once this kind of cynicism
takes hold, is there any hope for the truth?"

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Détour — A film by Michel Gondry

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:33:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrN1ytnQ-Tg

"Discover Détour, a film by Michel Gondry shot on iPhone. Follow the
adventures of a small tricycle as it sets off along the French roads in
search of its young owner."

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Pepper&Carrot Board Game on Kickstarter by Loyalist Games

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:34:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.peppercarrot.com/en/article417/board-game-on-kickstarter-by-loyalist-game>

"The Loyalist Games team produced their first official board game: a
Pepper&Carrot game named The Potion Contest. They launched a
Kickstarter campaign yesterday."

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2D Animated Short Film "JOHANNE"- Fantastic Adventure Animation by Anna-Ester Volozh

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:48:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTSXhE7bQko

"Inspired by Joan of Arc, 'Johanne' follows a day in a life of the
eponymous heroine. While set in medieval fantasy town, the film explores
the very current and urgent theme of preserving one’s humanity while

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Why People From Manchester Are Mancunians, Not Manchesterians

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:49:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/demonyms-linguistics-nicknames

"Demonyms are vital to our conceptions of ourselves, but the rules
behind them can be pretty messy."

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Inimicality

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:31:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://delotha.tumblr.com/post/161819183778/writing-prompt-s-you-are-a-guard-in-a-fantasy>

"You are a guard in a fantasy world. You notice a man in elegant armor
kick a chicken in the streets. In your lawful rage, you manage to kill
this man in the name of justice. To your dismay, you realize you just

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How I Managed to Design the Most Successful Educational Computer Game of All Time

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:32:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/the-philipendium/how-i-managed-to-design-the-most-successful-educational-computer-game-of-all-time-4626ea09e184>

"The Oregon Trail is, by most measures, the most successful education
computer game of all time. Many versions of the game were created over
the years, dating all the way back to 1971. However, the version that

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Macklemore surprises his grandma with a 'Glorious' 100th birthday

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:34:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/07/07/macklemore-surprises-his-grand.html

'My heart is ten times bigger after watching Macklemore's just-released
music video for his new song, "Glorious."'

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Poor People Deserve To Taste Something Other Than Shame

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:46:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theestablishment.co/poor-people-deserve-to-taste-something-other-than-shame-90eb3aceabf9>

"My mom was already ashamed and sorry. She deserved to also eat pie."

Beautiful.  Via Lionel Lauer.

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Soho House corners

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:47:16 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.instagram.com/p/BVQdJALBjq0/

"It was a challenge creating a story-line using two corners with so much
distance between them. But I was really happy to do this Wile E Coyote
piece."

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sew desu ne? - Free Patterns

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:07:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://cholyknight.com/free-projects/

"Welcome to my Free Pattern section! Here you’ll find projects of all
different types that reflect my love of kawaii things. I like to share
patterns that are beginner-friendly so newbies can try out sewing

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Women endure most Islamophobia in Australia, study finds

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:08:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/40552201

"Hanan Merheb was walking along a busy Sydney road listening to music
when she was punched in the face in what police said was an Islamophobic
attack."

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Speed in Software Development

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:34:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.targetprocess.com/articles/speed-in-software-development/

"Every single CEO of any IT company wants to build software faster. Time
is the most expensive and valuable resource. You can't waste it on
re-work, refactoring, meetings, physical activities. Right? It depends..."

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These Glue-Free Sneakers Are Designed To Be Healthier For Factory Workers

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:36:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.fastcompany.com/40439263/these-glue-free-sneakers-are-designed-to-be-healthier-for-factory-workers>

"Kim, who now also runs a shoe consulting business, took these
initiatives a step further: he designed a shoe that doesn’t use any glue
at all. A strap, made from a recyclable, rubbery material, snaps into

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Made with Creative Commons

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:59:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://creativecommons.org/use-remix/made-with-cc/

"A guide to sharing your knowledge and creativity with the world, and
sustaining your operation while you do."

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Ravens Can Plan for the Future

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:22:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/07/quoth-the-raven-nevermore/533466/>

"When you’re a scientist who studies birds as inquisitive and
intelligent as ravens, doing experiments is easy. “If they find the task
interesting enough, they all line up, and almost fight over who gets to

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Copyright Madness: Blurred Lines Mess Means Artists Now Afraid To Name Their Inspirations

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:58:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170712/11252637772/copyright-madness-blurred-lines-mess-means-artists-now-afraid-to-name-their-inspirations.shtml>

"The ways in which the disastrous Blurred Lines verdict represents a
complete mess for the music ecosystem are fairly legion, from chilling
artistic creation for fear of unintended infringement to the absurdity

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Canadian Rapper Sends Rap Video Cease & Desist Letter To Coca Cola For 'Jacking' His Catchphrase

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:59:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170713/11421237783/canadian-rapper-sends-rap-video-cease-desist-letter-to-coca-cola-jacking-his-catchphrase.shtml>

"So we've seen some unique and amusing trademark disputes in the past,
but this one beats them all. Canadian lawyer Rob Kittredge got to send a
rap video cease-and-desist to Coca Cola."

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The Messengers

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:47:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://stevenberlinjohnson.com/the-messengers-edee845688fd

"Should we send messages targeting distant planets capable of supporting
life? Or should we just listen for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence?"

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confusions of a five out of ten

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:48:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/athena-talks/confusions-of-a-five-out-of-ten-6071a6f9a44d>

"So maybe these scores out of ten are a way of keeping love at bay. And
maybe we can use love to keep the scores at bay."

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Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:49:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.fastcompany.com/40439316/are-you-ready-to-consider-that-capitalism-is-the-real-problem>

"Before you say no, take a moment to really ask yourself whether it’s
the system that’s best suited to build our future society."

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Watching Soap Operas with the Repo Men

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:57:13 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://thecoffeelicious.com/watching-soap-operas-with-the-repo-men-1cbbe6a68a49>

"When they kidnapped me the third time I remembered the coins in their
mouths. The shape of a quarter pressed out against their cheeks. I like
the way her hair smells, one of them said. Another smacked the man hard

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How did Australia get this stupid about clean energy?

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:01:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-get-stupid-clean-energy-99268/

"Just when you thought that the public debate around clean energy in
Australia could not possibly get any worse, any dumber, or any further
divorced from reality, it did."

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10+ Hilarious Entries To The 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:09:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.boredpanda.com/comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-2017/

"Despite the humorous approach, these awards aren't just about the
amusement. Photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam founded them
to spotlight wildlife conservation efforts as well."

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We aren’t doomed by climate change. Right now we are choosing to be doomed.

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:30:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://thinkprogress.org/climate-change-doomsday-scenario-80d28affef2e

"We could prevent New York Magazine’s climate change doomsday scenario,
but keep voting not to."

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One of the greatest science fiction magazines is now available for free online

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:32:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/14/15970710/galaxy-science-fiction-magazine-online-free-reading-archive>

"If you like classic science fiction, one of the genre’s best magazines
can now be found online for free. Archive.org is now home to a
collection of Galaxy Science Fiction, which published some of the

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Why Your Brain Hates Other People

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:02:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://nautil.us/issue/49/the-absurd/why-your-brain-hates-other-people

"It’s been said, “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who
divide the world into two kinds of people and those who don’t.” In
reality, there’s lots more of the former. And it can be vastly

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Google built a tiny Street View car to map out one of the world's largest model cities, and the results are incredible

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:03:10 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.businessinsider.com.au/google-miniatur-wunderland-street-view-photos-2017-7>

Hah!  What a great idea!  Via Martin Holmes and Lauren Weinstein.

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Ukiyo-e Inspired Illustrations Capture the Relatable Moments of Modern Everyday Life

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:56:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2017/07/05/ukiyoe-illustrations-yamada-zenjidou/>

"A Japanese illustrator who goes by the pseudonym Yamada Zenjidou,
creates these simple yet adorable illustrations that we can’t get enough
of. Each are drawn in a style inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock

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Ultimate Electronics: Practical Circuit Design and Analysis

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:58:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.circuitlab.com/textbook/

"A free, online, interactive electronics textbook."

Looks very promising.  Via Kam-Yung Soh.

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Palaces of Self-Discovery: Amazing Libraries Across Europe by Thibaud Poirier

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:59:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://twistedsifter.com/2017/07/palaces-of-self-discovery-by-thibaud-poirier/>

"Palaces of Self-Discovery is a photo series of libraries across
Europe by French photographer Thibaud Poirier."

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How history can challenge the narrative of blame for homelessness

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:00:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-history-can-challenge-the-narrative-of-blame-for-homelessness-80617>

"Homelessness is a pressing humanitarian problem – one that is
increasingly in the public eye. The evictions, protests, personal
histories and statistical profiles of people experiencing it appear

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