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AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:27:42 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.ap.org/Content/Press-Release/2015/AP-makes-one-million-minutes-of-history-available-on-YouTube>

"The Associated Press and British Movietone, one of the world's most
comprehensive newsreel archives, are together bringing more than 1
million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube."

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Django Girls one year later

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:26:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://lwn.net/Articles/651833/

"The two women who started the project, Ola Sitarska and Ola Sendecka,
spoke about how the workshop to teach women about Python and the Django
web framework all came together—and the amazing progress that has been

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How Two Bored 1970s Housewives Helped Create The PC Industry

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:25:14 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.fastcompany.com/3047428/how-two-bored-1970s-housewives-helped-create-the-pc-industry>

"Vector Graphic went on to become one of the best known PC makers of the
late 1970s. Like Apple, it was one of the first computer companies to go
public, and like Apple, it set its products apart from the crowd with

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The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:38:11 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.openculture.com/2013/12/british-library-puts-1000000-images-into-public-domain.html>

"We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone
to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of
17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then

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Foul-mouthed Minions? Some myths about children and swearing

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:35:54 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/foul-mouthed-minions-some-myths-about-children-and-swearing-44916>

"But what if McDonald’s were wrong, and swearing was indeed part of the
Minionese vocabulary? Would parents be right to panic?"

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The people ‘possessed’ by computers

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:34:18 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150717-the-people-possessed-by-computers>

"What would happen if a computer could take over a human body? David
Robson meets an “echoborg” – a strange experiment that reveals our
future with artificial intelligence."

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Epic Bunny's Adventure

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:54:47 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svL62PpJjkY

"You can change everything in this huge world. Even if you're a little
bunny!"

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How a Simple Browser Add-On is Changing the Way Visually Impaired People Use the Web

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:53:25 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://magazine.good.is/articles/depict-accessibility-visual-impairment-web-browsing>

"It was at lunch about a year ago that Niamh Parsley first had the idea
for her thesis—a tool called Depict, which could radically improve the
lives of the visually impaired."

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Hairless Head in a Clueless Photo Booth

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:50:12 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/19/your-money/hairless-head-in-a-clueless-photo-booth.html>

"The machine snapped a photo, and a few minutes later, a pair of
identical images emerged from a slot. Unfortunately, the camera had cut
off the top of roughly one-eighth of the Haggler’s head."

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THUNDERBIRDS 1965: NEW EPISODES FROM 1960s RECORDINGS

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:40:01 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1558089494/thunderbirds-1965-new-episodes-from-1960s-recordin>

"Resurrecting Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Classic 'Thunderbirds' using
original voice tracks and retro filmmaking techniques"

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