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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.

Cat hugs dog, who was missed

“Bow-Z remains patient as Jasper gives him hugs aplenty.”

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Snow day with Buddy the Golden Retriever, at 960fps

Fall in white, snowy, wet-muzzled doggie love.

[Video Link, via Reddit]

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Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones: “Fly, yes. Land, no.”

LOL. It's funny because he's gonna be okay. Wishing you the best, Mr. Ford.

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Jaguar: An exceptional photo shared by a Boing Boing reader

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Jaguar - Phoenix Zoo,” a photo shared by photographer and Boing Boing reader Larry Huffman in our Flickr Pool.

NASA launches 2015 SpaceApps Challenge

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NASA and other space agencies around the world are preparing for the fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge, which will be held April 10-12 at more than 135 locations worldwide, including New York. From NASA:

During this three-day code-a-thon, participants are asked to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

“These challenges provide opportunities for US and global citizen scientists, engineers, and students to interact and contribute to space exploration through code development, data analytics innovation, open source software and hardware,” said Deborah Diaz, agency chief technology officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

This year’s challenge will include the first ever Data Bootcamp, with a focus on Women in Data. The bootcamp is open to the public and will give participants the opportunity to improve their skills with computer coding and data. The April 10 bootcamp will stream live online from the Global Mainstage. Astronaut Cady Coleman and NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan will be on hand at the New York event to work with STEM students and also will be available for media interviews.

More than 200 data sources, including data sets, services and tools will be available for this challenge. This event brings together techy-savvy citizens, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, and students to help solve problems and questions relevant to space exploration and broader subjects that impact life on Earth.

This year, 35 challenges represent NASA mission priorities in four areas: Earth studies, space exploration, human health research and robotics. Many of the challenges are in the Earth theme, supporting NASA’s missions to monitors Earth's vital signs from land, air and space.

Follow the challenge on Twitter using the hashtag #spaceapps.

For Harrison Ford

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“Nice try, Lao Che!” - ✊

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Ninja of Die Antwoord talks CHAPPiE: The Boing Boing interview

Die Antwoord's Ninja sat down with us for a Boing Boing TV interview about the making of the robot drama CHAPPiE, directed by fellow South African Neill Blomkamp. Yo-Landi Visser co-stars in the film along with Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and Dev Patel.

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A Steampunk video time capsule from The Edwardian Ball 2015

An abundance of steampunk goggles, corsetry, ballroom dancing, and theatrical stagings of the works of Edward Gorey. Contains actual steam whistles.

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Swedish TV chefs celebrate cheez doodles day, but something goes terribly wrong on-air

Oops. Wait for it.

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Daniel Ellsberg: If Gen. Petraeus won't serve a day in jail for his leaks, Edward Snowden shouldn't either.

 General David Petraeus with his lover, Paula Broadwell, to whom the former CIA chief leaked secret material that would likely have landed a civilian in prison for life.


General David Petraeus with his lover, Paula Broadwell, to whom the former CIA chief leaked secret material that would likely have landed a civilian in prison for life.

General and former CIA director David Petraeus shared damaging information with his lover/biographer, and will receive what amounts to a slap on the wrist for his indiscretion. So why do whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden face such bleak prison sentences, or worse, for what the US classifies as Espionage Act offenses?

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NASA: Mars may have once had more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean

NASA scientists have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean and that the Red Planet has lost 87 percent of that water to space. Image: NASA/GSFC


NASA scientists have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean and that the Red Planet has lost 87% of that water to space. Image: NASA/GSFC

A primitive ocean on Mars once held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to new research by NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere. Scientists have been searching for answers to why a vast water supply left the surface. Details of the observations and computations appear in Thursday’s edition of Science magazine.

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Ninja of Die Antwoord talks 'CHAPPiE' with Boing Boing's Xeni: here's a teaser for our full-length interview

Boing Boing speaks with Ninja of Die Antwoord and the forthcoming Neill Blomkamp robot action flick CHAPPiE for a conversation about the long road from Johannesburg to Transvaal artificial intelligence armaggedon, and what it was like to work with the District 9 auteur.

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Delta plane skids off runway at NYC's LaGuardia airport

A Delta jet carrying 125 passengers slid off the runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport Thursday during a snowstorm. There are no reported injuries. At the time of this blog post, LGA is closed due to the crash.

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Baby cries when dad cries, stops crying when dad stops

Pretty adorable.

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Cat vs. Turtle vs. Cat

It's hard to tell who's chasing who, but we could watch this video of a cat chasing a turtle chasing a cat pretty much forever.

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Hermit crabs line up in order of size to swap and upgrade shells with one another

“They arrange themselves in an orderly queue, the biggest at the front, the smallest at the back; they're lining up with one aim: to exchange properties. But none of the crabs can make a move because the chain is not yet complete. They're all waiting for the right-sized crab to come along.”

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Y2K Time Bomb: Classic Evangelical Armageddon TV

Jesus needs your money because Y2K. This television ad for Jack and Rexella Van Impe's Y2K scare video combines the exploitation of Christ for cash, computer scares, the end is near, and hacker graphics. It's pretty great.

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[Video Link, via christiannightmares.tumblr.com]

'Is College Bad for Girls?' cautionary pamphlet from 1905

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From 1905, this pamphlet asks, “Is College Bad for Girls?” and explores the possibilities.

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Planetary polyamory: Exploring a planet 'reared' by four parent stars

Planet With Four Stars: This artist's conception shows the 30 Ari system, which includes four stars and a planet. The planet, a gas giant, orbits its primary star (yellow) in about a year's time. The primary star, called 30 Ari B, has a companion -- the small "red dwarf" star shown at upper left. This pair of stars is itself locked in a long-distance orbit with another pair of stars (upper right), known as 30 Ari A. Researchers using instruments at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif., recently discovered the red star at upper left, bringing the total number of known stars in the system from three to four.  Image: Karen Teramura, UH IfA


Planet With Four Stars: This artist's conception shows the 30 Ari system, which includes four stars and a planet. The planet, a gas giant, orbits its primary star (yellow) in about a year's time. The primary star, called 30 Ari B, has a companion -- the small "red dwarf" star shown at upper left. This pair of stars is itself locked in a long-distance orbit with another pair of stars (upper right), known as 30 Ari A. Researchers using instruments at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif., recently discovered the red star at upper left, bringing the total number of known stars in the system from three to four. Image: Karen Teramura, UH IfA

Astronomers have discovered the second known case of a planet residing in a quadruple star system. The planet was known before, but was previously thought to have only three stars, not four.

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Remembering the lives of Game of Thrones characters who died

Joe Sabia got some crazy Russian animators to make a web video series recapping the lives of major characters who died in Game of Thrones.

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US will not seek federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, Ferguson police officer who shot Mike Brown

A woman looks at the memorial set up at the site of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson

"In an 86-page report released Wednesday that details the testimony of more than 40 witnesses — and evaluates their credibility and consistency with forensic evidence — the Justice Department largely backed up Mr. Wilson’s account and said there was no basis for criminal charges." nytimes.com.

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in a photo, presented to the grand jury, taken shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown. REUTERS/St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office


Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in a photo, presented to the grand jury, taken shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown. REUTERS/St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office

We're digging these very cool space-themed tshirts, dresses, and swimsuits

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Holy crap. I want to buy all of the things from shadowplaynyc.com.

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New trailer for Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

The new Avengers movie is out May 1. Here's the third official trailer.

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2 Chainz tests 24-karat rolling papers and world's biggest weed pipe

2 Chainz is featured in a new GQ Magazine internet video series, “Most Expensivest Shit,” in which the noted rapper and potsmoker attempts to smoke the most expensivest joint in the world.

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Apple, Google plan fixes for 'Freak' security bug resulting from US ban on strong crypto

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Apple and Google both announced today that the companies have each developed fixes to help protect users against the newly revealed 'Freak' security flaw, which affects mobile devices and Mac computers.

Washington Post:

Technology companies are scrambling to fix a major security flaw that for more than a decade left users of Apple and Google devices vulnerable to hacking when they visited millions of supposedly secure Web sites, including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov.

The flaw resulted from a former U.S. government policy that forbade the export of strong encryption and required that weaker “export-grade” products be shipped to customers in other countries, say the researchers who discovered the problem. These restrictions were lifted in the late 1990s, but the weaker encryption got baked into widely used software that proliferated around the world and back into the United States, apparently unnoticed until this year.

Reuters:

The vulnerability in web encryption technology could enable attackers to spy on communications of users of Apple's Safari browser and Google Inc's Android browser, according to researchers who uncovered the flaw. Apple spokesman Ryan James said the computer had developed a software update to remediate the vulnerability, which would be pushed out next week.

Google spokeswoman Liz Markman said the company had also developed a patch, which it has provided to partners. She declined to say when users could expect to receive those upgrades.

Reuters, and the original Washington Post reveal.

Cat sleeps on pillow, snores, keeps human awake

“My cat keeps my wife awake on the pillow next to her.”

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The Divorced Dad Cooking Show

Recent divorcee Frank Curlip shares his culinary knowledge. “I'm doing great, Karen.”

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Sexism is over! If you want it

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Sexism Is Over! If you want it,” a subway ad intervention by Jilly Ballistic.

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Dancing Geography GIFs

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Made By ABVH.

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Sushi roll towels

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Dreamed up for OTOTO by Tel Aviv-based designer Jenny Pokryvailo.

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These kitchen towels are woven with the aesthetic patterns of sushi ingredients. By rolling the towel step by step you can easily create your own sushi in your kitchen. A towel can be rolled as a regular Maki and as an inside out Maki.

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[via Ufunk]