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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.

Lawsuit: "Happy Birthday" is not in copyright, and Warner owes the world hundreds of millions for improperly collected royalties

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:32:32 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2013/06/13/lawsuit-happy-birthday-is.html

'Copyright scholars have long been pretty certain that "Happy Birthday
to You" is in the public domain, despite the fact that Warner/Chappell
claims copyright on it and charges impressive licensing fees to use it

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Religious Terrorism meets Religious Liberalism

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:30:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://kristataves.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/religious-terrorism-meets-religious-liberalism/>

"Operation Save America, a fundamentalist anti-abortion organization
that is known for descending upon abortion clinics and making life a
living hell for anyone coming or going, chose to land in one of our

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The Berlin Pirate Party

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:10:23 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSEOKPRbM8M

"Take an inside look at the Berlin Pirate Party, a political party in Germany's
House of Representatives. Explore how the positive messages from the show helps
drive their approach to politics, and see at how they've integrated My Little

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How Harry Potter shaped a generation

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:08:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://boingboing.net/2014/07/23/how-harry-potter-shaped-a-gene.html

"Seven years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,
Caroline Siede looks back on the book series that defined a generation."

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Finding Rover, An App That Uses Facial Recognition to Help Reunite Lost Dogs with Their Humans

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:29:38 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://laughingsquid.com/finding-rover-free-app-uses-facial-recognition-help-reunite-lost-dogs-humans/>

"Finding Rover is a handy free app that helps to reunite lost dogs with
their frantic humans through the use of canine facial recognition."

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Tracking and combatting our current mass extinction

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:28:21 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/07/tracking-and-combatting-our-current-mass-extinction/>

"We're trying to save bird and mammal species, but we may need to
replace them."

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Firefly's Whole Cast Will Reunite for Firefly Online

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:25:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://io9.com/fireflys-cast-will-reunite-for-firefly-online-1610617567

"All of the original /Firefly /stars will reprise their characters for the
online game! And Alan Tudyk is playing multiple roles. Also showing up will be
Michael Fairman as the crime lord Niska, who is apparently hiring."

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New Rules of Fantasy #1: Evil is a Choice

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:24:41 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.thoughtcrimegames.net/new-rules-of-fantasy-1-evil-is-a-choice/

"To even talk about good and evil, we need a reference point. In D&D we have
alignment as a strict tool, but simply the notion of good and evil applied at a
racial level implies that there is a universal set of standards being applied

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A Desirable-Future Haiku

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:50:19 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://medium.com/message/a-desirable-future-haiku-ff01d63c93c6

"I am not asking for utopia. In fact, a world where everything worked
perfectly, with no side effects, is its own kind of hell. I am a
protopian. I believe in progress, an incremental betterment with

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Godzilla (Gojira) statue unveiled

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 01:48:48 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+SpottacusCheetahsLair/posts/BovmJLM3yr6

'To celebrate the release of the new Hollywood screen version of
"Godzilla," Tokyo Midtown has unveiled a giant statue of the creature to
terrorize the shoppers. At a seventh of the size of the new U.S.

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