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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.

FurBox! Furry Care Packages!

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:48:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.gofundme.com/furbox-furry-care-packages

"This program is to help furries in need. Furries with abusive families,
major depression, and lack of funds/art supplies/merch are who this
program is for most of all."

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This teddy bear is the hardest working waiter in Japan

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:47:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://boingboing.net/2017/01/10/this-teddy-bear-is-the-hardest.html

"Tumblr user Svzannebrown shared this utterly delightful video, noting
that it’s “all that anyone needs to know” about her time in Japan."

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The Couple Who Saved China's Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Forever

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:46:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lovers-shanxi-saved-chinas-ancient-architectural-treasures-before-lost-forever-180961424/>

"As the nation teetered on the brink of war in the 1930s, two
Western-educated thinkers struck out for the hinterlands to save their
country's riches"

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What New Writers Need

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:04:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://katherinephelps.com/2017/01/what-new-writers-need/

"The question asked was, “What mistakes do new writers often make in
their writing?” The answers given to the young writer almost universally
had to do with spelling and grammar. I have to admit, I was appalled.

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The Scottish pioneer whose plan for a basic income could transform Britain

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:03:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/08/universal-basic-income-glasgow-welfare-revolution>

"Support is growing for an idea that used to be considered eccentric"

Yet another basic income advocate!  Via Ethan Beck and Sue T.

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A Technical Follow-Up: How We Built the World’s Prettiest Auto-Generated Transit Maps

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:03:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/transit-app/how-we-built-the-worlds-prettiest-auto-generated-transit-maps-12d0c6fa502f>

Very impressive.  Useful and attractive!

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I Can’t Answer These Texas Standardized Test Questions About My Own Poems

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:01:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/standardized-tests-are-so-bad-i-cant-answer-these_us_586d5517e4b0c3539e80c341>

Excellent article about the stupidity of standardised testing. The
punchline is a corker:

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Design for internationalization

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:59:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://medium.com/dropbox-design/design-for-internationalization-24c12ea6b38f>

"Build better products for people around the world"

A useful summary of some classic internationalisation issues.

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"Revenge" by Elisa Chavez

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:58:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://www.seattlereviewofbooks.com/notes/2017/01/03/revenge/

"Since you mention it, I think I will start that race war."

Lovely poem.  Via Geoffrey Snyder and CathiBea Stevenson.

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Nomads no more: why Mongolian herders are moving to the city

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:17:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/05/mongolian-herders-moving-to-city-climate-change>

"Climate change and the end of Soviet state support have forced 600,000
to migrate to the capital, leaving it struggling to cope"

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