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.

Blocking out the Haters

Ladies and gents, Vine star Brandon Bowen. "Professional fatty, amateur viner, age: 16," from Georgia. He's on Twitter.

Chocolate LEGO


Of course! Chocolate LEGO-style bricks. By designer and illustrator Akihiro Mizuuchi of Shizuoka, Japan.

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'Exasperated' little boy not pleased with news he's getting a new sibling

"This is exasperating," he says to his mommy. "Buy me some earplugs."

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iPhones and iPads inserted into classic paintings, by Kim Dong-Kyu

tumblr_mvsamy0EIU1t0tb9do1_1280 Iconic works by Degas, Monet, Van Gogh, Velasquez--now with Apple iOS devices. By Kim Dong-Kyu (Instagram).

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Chihuahua chilling out while receiving robot head massage

You know you want to be that chihuahua right now, dawg. [video link]


#IceBucketChallenge: ALS Association withdraws trademark application



In an apparent response to online criticism, the ALS Association has withdrawn their trademark application for "Ice Bucket Challenge." An admirable move.

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1986 AOL puppet show: Rapid T. Rabbit and Friends, for Commodore 64

Video and GIFS: From 1986, the "Rapid T. Rabbit and Friends Show," which was offered over PlayNET, a system for the Commodore 64.

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James Foley's last letter to his family

James Foley

It ends, "Grammy, please take your medicine, take walks and keep dancing. I plan to take you out to Margarita’s when I get home. Stay strong because I am going to need your help to reclaim my life."

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JPMorgan Chase hacked, FBI investigating suspected Russia link



The networks of JPMorgan Chase and "at least four other financial institutions" were recently hacked in a series of coordinated attacks, according to a federal source quoted by USA Today. "Investigators believe Russian hackers were the source of the attacks." The big question: were the attacks retaliation for US sanctions against Russia.

Updated: ALS Association files trademark for Ice Bucket Challenge



Update: The application has been withdrawn, ALSA said Friday.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised almost 100 million dollars for the ALS Association of America. The non-profit did not create the viral campaign, but that didn't stop it from filing for control of the use of that phrase with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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How To Swim, an instructional manual from 1587


Public Domain Review has scans from "Illustrations from Everard Digby’s De Arte Natandi (The Art of Swimming) published in 1587, considered the first English treatise on the practice." Here's the complete set.

The trippy GIFs of Zolloc


Hayden Zezula, designer and animator based in Austin, creates graceful and immersive worlds within the limitations of the animated GIF.

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Genius cut-paper sculpture by Elsa Mora


New cut paper works from artist Elsa Mora. She uses acid-free paper and glue, and nothing more.

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Geometric: Short animation and GIFs exploring shapes, colors, transitions

A short film (and GIF!) by Al Boardman.

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Extreme close-ups of bug eyes transform them into psychedelic wonderlands


A small sample of the incredible macro photography of Yudy Sauw, who is based in Indonesia. You can buy prints, via Behance.


Stunning Macro Photographs of Insects


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