Glass Wings Blog: June 2018

Food apartheid: the root of the problem with America's groceries

Fri, 1 Jun 2018 23:53:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/15/food-apartheid-food-deserts-racism-inequality-america-karen-washington-interview>

"Food justice activist Karen Washington wants us to move away from the
term ‘food desert’, which doesn’t take into account the systemic racism
permeating America’s food system"

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Kids Pitch A New TV Show: 'Strangest Things: The Golden Mysteries'

Fri, 1 Jun 2018 23:54:48 +1000

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

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

"After their box office smash 'Teenage War,' Stephen consults his think
tank of children to produce a brand new show starring Brooke Shields,
Jason Segel, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Shannon, Hugh Laurie, John Oliver,

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Bitcoin’s stupendous power waste is green, apparently — bad excuses for Proof-of-Work

Fri, 1 Jun 2018 23:55:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://davidgerard.co.uk/blockchain/2018/05/22/bitcoins-stupendous-power-waste-is-green-apparently-bad-excuses-for-proof-of-work/>

"So … did you know that Bitcoin using 0.1% of all the electricity on
earth, and 0.5% by the end of the year, is good?"

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Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study

Sat, 2 Jun 2018 20:56:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/human-race-just-001-of-all-life-but-has-destroyed-over-80-of-wild-mammals-study>

"Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly
dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new
assessment of all life on the planet."

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ITPA's Response to the 2018 Federal Budget

Sat, 2 Jun 2018 20:57:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.itpa.org.au/news/itpas-response-to-the-2018-federal-budget/

"There is too much investment in consultants from large accounting or IT
services organisations to come up with promises of a future utopia where
IT systems make everything quick and easy once the huge initial

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The Sad Story of the Moriori, Who Learned to Live at the Edge of the World

Sat, 2 Jun 2018 21:01:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/moriori-people-genocide-history-chatham-islands>

"How the remoteness of the Chatham Islands forged a resilient people."

Via Muse.

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What is justice reinvestment?

Sun, 3 Jun 2018 19:27:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.justreinvest.org.au/what-is-justice-reinvestment/

"Justice reinvestment reduces imprisonment rates while making
communities safer."

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Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows

Sun, 3 Jun 2018 19:29:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/23/hitting-toughest-climate-target-will-save-world-30tn-in-damages-analysis-shows>

"Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris
agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the
costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis."

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Jamiroquai Bee Gees Mashup - Pomplamoose

Sun, 3 Jun 2018 19:30:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooZR4LSuppk

"A mashup of Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees) and Virtual Insanity (Jamiroquai)
by Pomplamoose"

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‘This Is Not of God’: When Anti-Trump Evangelicals Confront Their Brethren

Mon, 4 Jun 2018 23:54:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/23/us/anti-trump-evangelicals-lynchburg.html>

"The Red Letter Christians, a reference to the words of Jesus printed in
some Bibles in red type, are not the evangelicals invited for interviews
on Fox News or MSNBC. They don’t align neatly with either political

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Why the Very First Treaty Between the United States and a Native People Still Resonates Today

Mon, 4 Jun 2018 23:55:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-very-first-treaty-between-us-and-native-people-still-resonates-today-180969157/>

"The Treaty With the Delawares, signed in 1778, has arrived at the
National Museum of the American Indian"

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The Poor People's Campaign

Mon, 4 Jun 2018 23:57:57 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/demands/

"We must stop the attention violence that refuses to see these
injustices and acknowledge the human and economic costs of inequality.
We believe that when decent people see the faces and facts that the

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Abby Wambach, Remarks as Delivered

Wed, 6 Jun 2018 00:57:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://barnard.edu/commencement/archives/2018/abby-wambach-remarks

"Doesn’t it feel like the second you figure anything out in life, it
ends and you’re forced to start all over again?"

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Weezer - Rosanna

Wed, 6 Jun 2018 00:58:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8jr-p0lQZo

Great new cover!

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Dungeons & Dragons: The revival of a 'geeky' pastime

Wed, 6 Jun 2018 00:59:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-42874044

"The world of tabletop gaming was once the preserve of nervous teenage
boys holed up in dark basements and bedrooms. But as shows like Stranger
Things tap into the rose-tinted nostalgia of afternoons spent playing

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Te Ata

Thu, 7 Jun 2018 22:24:14 +1000

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

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

Via Muse, who wrote: "I want this to be shown here in Australia. This
movie is about my people, the American Indians called the Chickasaw. It
is most especially about one of our storytellers who ended up performing

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Clever New Text Game Asks Whether You'll Trust An Alien

Thu, 7 Jun 2018 22:27:07 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.kotaku.com.au/2018/05/clever-new-text-game-asks-whether-youll-trust-an-alien/>

"In Quarantine Circular, a plague is ravaging humanity, destroying
cities and pushing our existence to the brink. As extinction looms, a
mysterious creature from the stars appears, their motives unclear. It's

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The Trump administration’s refugee and border policies cruelly ignore the lessons of the past

Thu, 7 Jun 2018 22:30:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/05/27/the-trump-administrations-refugee-and-border-policies-cruelly-ignore-the-lessons-of-the-past/>

Punchline: "In 1941 and 1942, the United States was a haven for some
refugee children fleeing persecution. Today, we are the ones causing
unnecessary pain."

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Gorgeous Handmade Cakes With Buttercream Icing Styled to Look Like Colorfully Patterned Shag Rugs

Fri, 8 Jun 2018 22:38:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://laughingsquid.com/shag-rug-cakes/

"Los Angeles baker Alana Jones-Mann designs a number of delectable,
eye-catching cakes, particularly her line of cakes that sport a
buttercream exterior gorgeously styled to look like colorfully patterned

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People are embracing a buy-nothing, fix-everything attitude to end throwaway culture

Fri, 8 Jun 2018 22:39:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-24/war-on-waste-buying-nothing-movement-wa/9787422>

"A number of initiatives in Perth are challenging our throwaway culture
by encouraging community giving, repairing and more thoughtful buying."

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Time for Utopia

Fri, 8 Jun 2018 22:40:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@muse_9093/time-for-utopia-ef1a99f8e00e

"As things are going, the future will be profoundly alien to those of us
alive today. If we start imagining utopia now, we may be able to get to
that place with less suffering."

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Elevator weatherman

Fri, 8 Jun 2018 22:41:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/8n35bw/elevator_weatherman/

Hee hee!  Via Christopher Lamke, who wrote:  "Love it!  Unexpected stuff
like this makes life much more fun."

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The more valuable your work is to society, the less you’ll be paid for it

Sat, 9 Jun 2018 22:01:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/more-valuable-your-work-society-less-youll-paid-david-graeber/>

"Very few economists have actually attempted to measure the overall
social value of different professions; most would probably take the very
idea as something of a fool’s errand; but those who have tried tend to

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LEDARE: Efter flyktingkrisen går Sverige lysande

Sat, 9 Jun 2018 22:03:08 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+JosephMoosmano/posts/gw6DVe7nVKs

"So if you're listening to those tired old lies about the collapse of
Swedish society, wake up. You're listening to disinformation. We're
doing great over here."

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Australian Muslim millionaire turned humanitarian Ali Banat dies

Sat, 9 Jun 2018 22:04:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/bangla/en/article/2018/05/31/australian-muslim-millionaire-turned-humanitarian-ali-banat-dies>

"A young Sydney Muslim businessman turned humanitarian after being
diagnosed with cancer is being remembered for helping thousands of
people across many countries through his charity ‘Muslims Around the

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The scholar whose career began in the books section of his local newsagent

Sun, 10 Jun 2018 22:23:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/this-cambridge-life/the-scholar-whose-career-began-in-the-books-section-of-his-local-newsagent-dfaada89f095>

"Geoffrey Khan grew up with a sense of not belonging. His passion for
languages led him to discover the forgotten pronunciation of ancient
Hebrew and set him on a quest to record the world’s last surviving

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Standing Up To Trump

Sun, 10 Jun 2018 22:24:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://twitter.com/i/moments/1002069057468747778

"What happened to me must never happen again."

Kathy Griffin on being in the Trump out-group.  Via Shava Nerad.

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The Housewives of White Supremacy

Sun, 10 Jun 2018 22:26:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/opinion/sunday/tradwives-women-alt-right.html>

"Over the past few years, dozens of YouTube and social media accounts
have sprung up showcasing soft-spoken young white women who extol the
virtues of staying at home, submitting to male leadership and bearing

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Instead of Plane Making Emergency Landing, Engineer Fixes Medical Device Using Only a Pen

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 20:46:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/instead-of-jet-making-emergency-landing-engineer-fixes-medical-device-by-using-a-pen/>

"When a diabetic passenger was suffering from dangerously high blood
sugar, the flight crew was preparing to make an emergency landing – but
thanks to a resourceful engineering student who happened to be on board,

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Daft Lego - Harder Better Faster Stronger

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 20:48:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUa02LHh1xQ

"A perspective based lyric video made using Lego.  Shot with a GoPro
controlled by Mindstorms"

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The big con: how neoliberals convinced us there wasn't enough to go around

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 20:50:20 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/04/the-big-con-how-neoliberals-convinced-us-there-wasnt-enough-to-go-around>

"After the mining boom and decades of economic growth, how can Australia
be broke?"

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Globalization Is Not in Retreat

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 22:42:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2018-04-16/globalization-not-retreat>

"Even as its detractors erect new impediments and walk away from
free-trade agreements, globalization is in fact continuing its forward
march—but along new paths. In its previous incarnation, it was

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New Zealand former sex worker becomes a dame in Queen's birthday honours

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 23:29:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/04/new-zealand-former-sex-worker-becomes-a-dame-in-queens-birthday-honours>

"Catherine Healy, who helped decriminalise prostitution, honoured with
an Order of Merit for services to the rights of sex workers"

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The Orchestral Sample: Stravinksy Does Hip-Hop

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 23:30:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blog.adafruit.com/2018/06/04/the-orchestral-sample-stravinksy-does-hip-hop-musicmonday/>

"Robert Fink and the inventor of the Fairlight CMI, Peter Vogel, help me
tell the story of the orchestra hit – a sound that was first heard in
1910 at the Paris Opera where the famed 20th century Russian composer

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The hydrogen train of the future is a lot like the train of today

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 01:03:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/25/hydrogen-train-of-the-future/

"Alstom's hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint paves the way for cheaper,
quieter trains."

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Farming needs to adapt to climate change: PM

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 01:05:22 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.afr.com/news/farming-needs-to-adapt-to-climate-change-pm-20180603-h10wyu>

"The federal government will lean on the states to help communities suffering
from prolonged drought but Malcolm Turnbull says farmers will ultimately have
to adapt to the consequences of climate change."

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STOP WAR!

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 01:06:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/@muse_9093/stop-war-d4c6e0aaa4cd

"According to the Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock we are 2 minutes from
midnight. Two minutes from global nuclear disaster. The last time we
were that close to disaster was 1953."

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Coral decline in Great Barrier Reef 'unprecedented'

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/05/coral-decline-in-great-barrier-reef-unprecedented>

"A steep decline in coral cover right across the Great Barrier Reef is a
phenomenon that “has not been observed in the historical record”, a new
report by the Australian Institute of Marine Science says."

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My So-Called (Millennial) Entitlement

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:56 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/s/trustissues/my-so-called-millennial-entitlement-9be84343c713>

"Did we really expect too much, or were we just gaslit?"

A lovely essay about doing what you can.

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CNC Plasma Cut Magnet Levers - Marble Machine X #37

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:02:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_roikOlK-OI

"In this Marble Machine X episode Nathan From CNC Router Parts cuts the
magnetic lever locks on a CNC Plasma Machine while i am celebrating my
pagan background and teaching you how to position an overhead

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We know you hate the Internet of Things, but it’s saving megafauna from poachers

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:56:51 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/06/rhino-iot/

"In the war on endangered species, the IT department keeps upending
those who stalk rhinos."

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An Engineer’s Guide to the Docuverse

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:58:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://hackernoon.com/an-engineers-guide-to-the-docuverse-d080cdbb73a6

"With any luck, this will clear up some misconceptions, introduce some
unfamiliar ideas, and prepare people who are interested in joining the
project with enough background to understand the internal documentation

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Trump Is Fulfilling Russia’s Dream of Splitting the Western Alliance

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:59:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/trump-is-fulfilling-russias-dream-of-splitting-the-west.html>

"One of Russia’s principal foreign-policy goals for decades has been to
split the United States from is allies. Whether by accident or by
design, President Trump appears intent on bringing that dream to fruition."

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The BossHoss - My Personal Song

Sat, 16 Jun 2018 22:53:44 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIlF1udSd0w

Music video by The BossHoss performing My Personal Song.

This could not be more Melbourne. Spot all the iconic locations!

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The Shirley Exception

Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:04:53 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1004400861865488384.html

"The Shirley Exception is a bit of mental sleight of hand that allows
people to support a policy they profess to disagree with. It's called
the Shirley Exception because... well, I mean, surely there must be

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels That Take Us Beyond the Gender Binary #SciFiSunday

Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:05:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blog.adafruit.com/2018/06/10/science-fiction-and-fantasy-novels-that-take-us-beyond-the-gender-binary-scifisunday/>

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***

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What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire?

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:30:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/what-happens-when-a-bad-tempered-distractible-doofus-runs-an-empire>

"One of the few things that Kaiser Wilhelm II, who ruled Germany from
1888 to 1918, had a talent for was causing outrage. A particular
specialty was insulting other monarchs."

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Foster an Orphan Elephant

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:31:30 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2018/06/06/foster-an-orphan-elephant.html

"Just over two years ago I posted a video here titled “I Will Always
Remember You.” Among the many pieces I’ve done for Boing Boing both
before and after, it remains the piece most read, and the video most

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‘Wired the Game’: University of Cambridge are Making a Video Game to Teach Students About Electricity

Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:32:37 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://blog.adafruit.com/2018/06/12/wired-the-game-university-of-cambridge-are-making-a-video-game-to-teach-students-about-electricity/>

"Stumbled upon this and it’s rad! ‘Wired the Game‘ is in pre-beta and
playable online, for teaching students about electricity via a simple
WASD (+E) platform video game."

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