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.

'Sista Girl' Felicia A. O'Dell's ultra-low-budget cooking videos are what the internet needs

"Motherfucker, this is not prison food." If you haven't seen "Sista Girl" Felicia A. O'Dell's cooking videos, which have been making the internet rounds this week, man, you're missing out. Her YouTube channel is called Sista Girl.

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Cell phone unlocking bill signed into law by President Obama

 New Yorkers use their smartphones in Manhattan. Soon, they will be able to unlock their smartphones legally, and choose whatever carrier they please. [Reuters]



New Yorkers use their smartphones in Manhattan. Soon, they will be able to unlock their smartphones legally, and choose whatever carrier they please. [Reuters]

President Obama today signed a bipartisan bill into law that allows consumers to switch cell phone service providers without paying for a new phone. The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act reverses a decision made by the Library of Congress two years ago that made it illegal to "unlock" phones for use on other networks without the OK of your service provider, which meant companies like AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint could keep your phone "locked"-- switching carriers or trying to link to other carriers overseas while traveling in that scenario was prohibitively expensive.

Here's background on the bill.

Mother and daughter humpback whale, a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

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Mother and daughter humpback whale. A photo captured and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Christopher Michel.

Eric Garner's chokehold death at NYPD's hands ruled homicide

Mourners gather at the funeral service for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York, July 23, 2014. [Reuters]


Mourners gather at the funeral service for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York, July 23, 2014. [Reuters]

"The death of a 43-year-old New York City man who was placed in a chokehold by police officers has been ruled a homicide, according to the New York City medical examiner."

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Watch these wingsuited jumpers fall out of the sky over New York City

The Red Bull Air Force team fly in formation over New York City while attempting to land on a barge in the middle of the Hudson River.

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If you read one thinkpiece on the Totally Not OK Cupid experiment, make it this one

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Tim Carmody's essay at kottke.org is a thoughtful look at the issues of consent and harm in recent experiments on users by OK Cupid and Facebook.

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Obama on CIA after 9/11: “We tortured some folks.”

President Barack Obama in Washington, December 20, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


President Barack Obama in Washington, December 20, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama today said that after 9/11, the US did some wrong things. "We tortured some folks," the president said. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The quote that shall live in infamy was made during a briefing Friday on the brewing scandal around the CIA's admission it spied on computers used by Senate staffers who were investigating the agency's use of extreme interrogation techniques and a network of "black sites" and secret prisons around the globe.

Related: The NYT Torture Euphemism Generator.

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan speaks at a Council on Foreign Relations forum on the ''challenges and opportunities for the American intelligence Community and reflect on his first year as CIA director'' in Washington March 11, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/YURI GRIPAS


Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan speaks at a Council on Foreign Relations forum on the ''challenges and opportunities for the American intelligence Community and reflect on his first year as CIA director'' in Washington March 11, 2014.
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Ebola 'moving faster than our efforts to control it,' says World Health Organization

"String-like Ebola virus peeling off an infected cell." Heinz Feldmann, Peter Jahrling, Elizabeth Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health


"String-like Ebola virus peeling off an infected cell." Heinz Feldmann, Peter Jahrling, Elizabeth Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

The World Health Organization's director said today that the ever-worsening Ebola outbreak is "moving faster than our efforts to control it."

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Just a little hamster hanging out in his tiny hamster house

By Lily Mae Pinner. "No Hamsters were harmed," she says. "He likes to play in the doll's house and got lots of strokes for being such a good actor." I predict he gets a Vans sponsorship, or a spot in the clothing manufacturer's next TV ad. [Video Link via Laughing Squid]

'In the sun: Season of Summer Light,' a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

Photo: Toni Ahvenainen


Photo: Toni Ahvenainen

Boing Boing reader Toni Ahvenainen shared this wonderful photo in our Flickr Pool, "In the sun: Season of Summer Light, Week 31, Saturday."

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In China, panty-clad peaches that look like delicious little butts

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These images of peaches dressed up like butts have been making the viral rounds. This is said to be A Thing Among Chinese Fruit Vendors, but who are we to fact-check? "A nine-pack of pantied-peaches reportedly sell for around US$80 in Nanjing City," reports a website we would not rely on for more important facts.

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Aw fuck it, let's just use Google Translate on the original Chinese tabloid item:

Peach lace perspective staged peaches are also quite tempted to fight: During the summer, there is to eat a peach season. Some businesses in order to sell peaches, peach packing in playing on his mind, hunyuan peaches were put on a variety of "sexy sultry" little panties, users have tucao see this complete package in the supermarket peaches no desire to buy. You are so pure and lovely treat peach, peach who knows?

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Also available in fuzz-free nectarine butt.

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[Ifeng via RocketNews24]

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Mystery Guitar Man finally loses it. On a bus.

[Video Link, thanks Joe Sabia]

Ebola death toll in West Africa reaches 729, two US aid workers in grave condition

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment center in Kailahun, Sierra Leone July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard


Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment center in Kailahun, Sierra Leone July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard

The bad news keeps getting worse on the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Today, the number of people killed by the virus in the current cycle hit 729. And two American aid workers who became infected in West Africa are in "stable but grave" condition, and are being transported to the US for treatment.

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Soap bubble planets, by Santiago Betancur Z

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Planetary psychedelic space-scapes by Colombian photographer Santiago Betancur Z.

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Wikipedia now accepts donations in bitcoin

opengraphFrom a post on the official Wikimedia Foundation blog: "It has always been important to the Foundation to make sure donating is as simple and inclusive as possible. Currently, we accept 13 different payment methods enabling donations from nearly every country in the world, and today, we’re adding one more: bitcoin."