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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.

USGS seismologist previews action flick 'San Andreas' and the resulting tweets are hilarious

The stuff of San Francisco nightmares (well, this and finding affordable housing)


From 'San Andreas,' the stuff of San Francisco nightmares. Well, this and affordable housing.

Noted U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones attended a recent Hollywood premiere of "San Andreas," the latest in a long line of Los Angeles natural disaster action flicks.

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The best explainer on FIFA corruption right now may be this old Reddit thread

The logo of soccer's international governing body FIFA is seen on its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, May 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Ruben Sprich


The logo of soccer's international governing body FIFA is seen on its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

It's an old thread, actually, but this Reddit comment is a pretty great resource for understanding why various FIFA officials were arrested at dawn today in a raid involving authorities from Europe and the U.S. Department of Justice. [via @oneunderscore__]

Mansplaining: The Statue

Photo: Ash Hernandez, via Cathy De La Cruz (@SadDiego)


Photo: Ash Hernandez, via Cathy De La Cruz (@SadDiego)

Cathy de la Cruz tweeted this snapshot of a statue on the San Antonio, Texas campus of the awesomely-named Catholic school University of the Incarnate Word.

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NASA is testing a new Mars lander set to launch next March to study planet's mysterious core

NASA's InSight Mars lander spacecraft in a Lockheed Martin clean room near Denver. As part of a series of deployment tests, the spacecraft was commanded to deploy its solar arrays in the clean room to test and verify the exact process that it will use on the surface of Mars. [NASA]


NASA's InSight Mars lander spacecraft in a Lockheed Martin clean room near Denver. As part of a series of deployment tests, the spacecraft was commanded to deploy its solar arrays in the clean room to test and verify the exact process that it will use on the surface of Mars. [NASA]

Testing has begun on a new Mars Lander that will carry us on a virtual journey to Mars.

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Are you a member of The Oregon Trail Generation, the last before mainstream social media?

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If you count yourself among The Oregon Trail Generation, count yourself lucky.

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Emergency Dachshunds

A Vine of greatness.

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Zip Line fail video, Thailand edition: American traveler hangs on for life when something goes wrong

If you are afraid of heights or have ziplineophobia, consider this your trigger warning: do not play. Uploaded into viral infamy by Megan Reinhardt.

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Fan-film reimagines 'Predator' as a Crusades action film in the Dark Ages

'PREDATOR: Dark Ages' is a short fan film set during the Crusades, in which “the faith and fighting skills of a group of Templar Knights is put to the test when they encounter the Predator. Their battle is the thing Myths and Legends are born from.”

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Iconic images by documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who has died at 75

Photo: Mary Ellen Mark.


Photo: Mary Ellen Mark.

Mary Ellen Mark: March 20, 1940 - May 25, 2015.

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I think you're freekeh, and I like you a lot (on my plate and in my belly)

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Food trend alert! Freekeh, the ancient grain of Middle Eastern cuisine, is enjoying a quinoa-like resurgence. It is beloved among foodies, and coveted by Palestinian farmers. Next up, I'd bet: a menu item at Chipotle or Starbucks, or something like that.

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This man has an uncanny knack for making shockingly realistic animal sounds

It's so convincing that I'm having a hard time buying that this was not edited with animal sound effects added. Wow.

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State-of-the-art computer animation, early nineties edition: 'The Mind's Eye'

giphy (2) This wonderful collection of late-eighties and early nineties computer animation would do great as a very large series of animated GIFs today.

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Adult Swim launches its first VR entertainment project: The Virtual Brainload, with WEVR

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Cable animation/comedy/weirdness network Adult Swim is “reaching beyond the television screen to invite fans to immerse themselves in a bodiless journey of the mind with a virtual reality experience unlike anything else in the marketplace,” blurbs a press release we received today.

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Pastor busted for gay sex in church van newly arrested for stealing $60K from church

 Pastor Holder's mugshot, from his most recent brush with the law. Image: Kingston Police.


Pastor Holder's mugshot, from his most recent brush with the law. Image: Kingston Police.

Boyd Watson Holder Jr. is pastor of Victory Apostolic Church in Kingsport, Tennessee. He was arrested this week after a grand jury found evidence to indict him for stealing $60,000 from his church’s bank account.

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Jim Bob Duggar, dad of noted Christian molester Josh Duggar: incest should be punishable by death

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Josh Duggar’s dad Jim Bob Duggar once said incest should be punishable by death. Jim Bob made the statement during his 2002 U.S. Senate campaign.

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Lamb wags tail when happy

Dog-like, and adorable.

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Watch: 'Clouds of Grace, Yosemite Water'

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A dose of serenity: “CLOUDS OF GRACE, Yosemite Water,” short film by Sterling Johnson photographed over a period of 13 years and shot entirely in Yosemite National Park.

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