Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.

Lauren Bacall on The Dame Edna Experience

Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall died 10 days ago. Somehow, in the flood of tribute videos, I forgot about this appearance on The Dame Edna Experience , which is one of my favorite television shows of all time.

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Little girl plays with a giant fluffy Tibetan Mastiff (video, GIFs)

Simba, a two-year-old giant Tibetan Mastiff, is sweet and friendly with Weiwei. They love to play together.

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Otterday

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North American river otters.

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An adorable husky puppy howls

I could watch this video all day. [Michael Cooperman, via d0gbl0g]

Happy Harbor Seal Friday

Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) underwater off the coast of Monterey.

Photographed by Monterey Bay Aquarium staffer Pete Bridson.

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Portrait of slain war photographer James Foley, by Molly Crabapple

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"Portrait of James Foley. War photographer. Rest in peace, hero." —Molly Crabapple.

Goldfish on a motorcyle, Vietnam (a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool)

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"Taking the fish for a ride, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam."

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Here's looking at you, monkey

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A Squirrel Monkey peers into a photographer's lens at London Zoo, August 21, 2014.

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Giant rubber duck joins tall ships festival off Los Angeles coast

Giant inflatable rubber duck installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats past the Battleship Iowa through the Port of Los Angeles as part of the Tall Ships Festival, in San Pedro

Over a dozen tall ships and a 6-story-high Rubber Duck sailed into the Los Angeles harbor Wednesday, kicking off the Tall Ships Festival LA.

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A torrent of tree swallows, captured on weather radar over New York

From The NYC forecast office of the National Weather Service: this radar loop from dawn, Aug. 22, 2014, which shows a vast gathering of tree swallows taking off from the Connecticut River. "They're likely Tree Swallows that roost on islands on the river every night around this time of year." Via Facebook , and Andrew Revkin/NYT.

Young man with ALS does ice bucket challenge, talks about life with the disease

Antonio Carbajal, his mother, and his grandmother have all been diagnosed with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. His grandmother died, his mom is dying, and Antonio is now living with the beginning phases of the degenerative neuromuscular syndrome. This video is his response to the currently viral "Ice Bucket Challenge" advocacy campaign raising money for ALS research. $41 million has been raised so far.

My father died of ALS when I was 10. Many other family members also died of ALS, the same "familial" strain Antonio and his mom have. Very few cases of ALS appear in family clusters, so that's where the term for the subset of the disease comes from.

Antonio is right. It's a terrible, terrible disease. There is currently no cure, and no treatment to arrest the disease's progress.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and consider myself lucky to not have received my dad's diagnosis.

I hope scientists find a cure, a cause, a treatment, some progress. We have not much more to offer people with Lou Gehrig's disease than when my daddy died.

Below, a video Anthony made when he was first diagnosed in January, 2014. There's an online campaign to help him pay for medical care. Yay, American health care system. He makes an appeal to Ellen DeGeneres in the video -- she accepted and he'll be appearing on the Ellen Show soon. Follow him on Twitter.

True weird tale of a real-life forest hermit

the-last-hermit-gq-magazine-september-2014-life-02"For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest." His name is Christopher Thomas Knight. [GQ]

Ferguson: behind police lines helmet-cam video of tactical team teargassing protesters

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published GoPro video footage by staff photographer David Carson "during his embed with the St. Louis County Police tactical team on Monday night." At about 2:45 in, police "come under fire and respond with tear gas."

It's really weird to see the term "embed," which we often use to describe reporters accompanying soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan war zones, being used in the context of local police action within the United States.

Firefighters give mouth-to-mouth emergency aid to koala named Sir Chompsalot

Sir Chompsalot had a rough day.


Sir Chompsalot had a rough day. Photo: ABC

In Melbourne, Australia, emergency crews received a call Thursday night about an injured koala in a tree, who dropped about 10 meters to the ground. Firefighters at the site caught him in a blanket as he fell some 10 meters to the ground. The Country Fire Authority named him Sir Chompsalot.

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Gape, a photo series by jon Baker

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"When I was making my photographs I was thinking about masculinity and the power of men, particularly the acts of display and penetration that can define our sexual relationships with women."

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