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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.

Beyond "Gravity": the complex quest to take out our orbital trash

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:41:09 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/05/beyond-gravity-the-complex-quest-to-take-out-our-orbital-trash/>

"As 'Gravity' made clear to the general public, it’s getting crowded in
Earth orbit. In the nearly 57 years since Sputnik’s launch on October 4,
1957, Earth has seen a cloud of human-created objects continue to grow,

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Typography in 8/16 bits

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:39:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://damieng.com/blog/2011/02/20/typography-in-8-bits-system-fonts
http://damieng.com/blog/2011/03/27/typography-in-16-bits-system-fonts

"My love of typography originated in the 80′s with the golden years of
8-bit home computing and their 8×8 pixel mono-spaced fonts on

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独りでやさしさに包まれたなら (Singing alone "Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta nara")

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:22:50 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMSV5uD7x38

A beautiful cover of the theme from Kiki's Delivery Service.  Really lovely!

English translation of the YouTube description (via Google Translate):

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How To Spot A Chinese Domain Name Scam

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:18:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/spot-chinese-domain-name-scam/

"Chinese domain name scams are rampant. In a little bit, I’ll explain exactly
what these scams are, but first it’s more important to understand what started
them."

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Are we witnessing the emergence of the United States of Australia?

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:46:49 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/26/are-we-witnessing-the-emergence-of-the-united-states-of-australia>

"Australia can have its cake and eat it too, because a healthy and
materially secure population will repay enormous economic dividends.
Instead, we're going further down the US path"

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Trickle-down theory all washed up now

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:44:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.theage.com.au/comment/trickledown-theory-all-washed-up-now-20140527-zrpcc.html>

"The International Monetary Fund is one of a number of influential
groups now raising concerns that austerity budgets in a post-GFC world
not only contribute to inequality but also act as a major brake on

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The Most Clever And Thought-Provoking #YesAllWomen Tweets

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:43:06 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://uproxx.com/webculture/2014/05/the-best-of-yesallwomen-tweets-yes-all-women-twitter/>

"Unfortunately, egomaniacal manchildren who think they’re entitled to
women’s attention are a sadly common phenomenon, and women on social
media began sharing stories with #YesAllWomen."

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Korgi (Book 1): Sprouting Wings!

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:12:58 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog/korgi-book-1-sprouting-wings/546

"Christian Slade, a former Disney animator and currently full-time
freelance illustrator, has brought to Top Shelf a gorgeously illustrated
woodland fantasy about a young girl Ivy, her dog Sprout, and their

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A Delightful Animated Music Video for ‘Monkey Rag’ by The Asylum Street Spankers

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:11:05 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/a-delightful-animated-music-video-for-monkey-rag-by-the-asylum-street-spankers/>

"Atlanta animator Joanna Davidovich spent nearly four years working on
an animated short based on The Asylum Street Spankers song “Monkey Rag”
in her down-time between freelance gigs. The result is a traditionally

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If someone ever complains about welfare collectors, show them this.

Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:10:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://m.tickld.com/pic/t/826419

Poor people don't deserve nice things, because that's breaking the
social rules.  They're not living in poverty properly and need to be
punished.

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