Glass Wings Blog: August 2020

Publisher Decries Damn Libraries Entertaining The Masses Stuck At Home For Free

Sun, 2 Aug 2020 06:16:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200727/16343744985/publisher-decries-damn-libraries-entertaining-masses-stuck-home-free.shtml>

"For years and years we've pointed out that, if they were invented
today, copyright maximalist authors and publishers would absolutely
scream about libraries and probably sue them out of existence. Some

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Alarm over discovery of hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels near Galápagos Islands

Sun, 2 Aug 2020 06:17:29 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/27/chinese-fishing-vessels-galapagos-islands>

"Ecuador has sounded the alarm after its navy discovered a huge fishing
fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged vessels some 200 miles from the
Galápagos Islands, the archipelago which inspired Charles Darwin’s

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Almost 3 billion animals affected by Australian bushfires, report shows

Sun, 2 Aug 2020 06:18:27 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/28/almost-3-billion-animals-affected-by-australian-megafires-report-shows-aoe>

"Nearly 3 billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia’s
devastating bushfire season of 2019 and 2020, according to scientists
who have revealed for the first time the scale of the impact on the

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Northern California Esselen tribe regains ancestral land after 250 years

Mon, 3 Aug 2020 04:52:45 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/28/northern-california-esselen-tribe-regains-land-250-years>

"Two-hundred and fifty years after they were stripped of their ancestral
homeland, the Esselen tribe of northern California is landless no more.

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macintosh.js

Mon, 3 Aug 2020 04:54:15 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
"I put an entire 1991 Macintosh Quadra with Mac OS 8.1 into an Electron
app, together with a bunch of apps and games. It runs on Windows, macOS,
and Linux... and JavaScript. Again: I'm sorry."

https://github.com/felixrieseberg/macintosh.js

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WindowSwap

Mon, 3 Aug 2020 04:55:52 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.window-swap.com/

"Open a window somewhere in the world."

Via Esther Schindler.

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Theoretical Physicists Say 90% Chance of Societal Collapse Within Several Decades

Tue, 4 Aug 2020 06:10:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akzn5a/theoretical-physicists-say-90-chance-of-societal-collapse-within-several-decades>

"Two theoretical physicists specializing in complex systems conclude
that global deforestation due to human activities is on track to trigger
the “irreversible collapse” of human civilization within the next two to

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Record 212 land and environment activists killed last year

Tue, 4 Aug 2020 06:12:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/29/record-212-land-and-environment-activists-killed-last-year>

"A record number of people were killed last year for defending their
land and environment, according to research that highlights the routine
murder of activists who oppose extractive industries driving the climate

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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