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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.

The most epic Pomeranian puppy sneeze ever has been captured on video

Roux the Pomeranian and his epic sneeze.”

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Nicki Minaj's “Anaconda” becomes protest anthem in India, over Unilever's mercury contamination disaster

n-KODAIKANAL-large570Written by Chennai-born rapper Sofia Ashraf and set to Nicki Minaj's “Anaconda,” the video tackles Unilever's failure to clean up mercury contamination or compensate workers affected by its thermometer factory in Kodaikanal.

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Where to get that “Bruce Lee as a DJ” t-shirt Tony Stark wore in “Avengers”

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Robert Downey wore it well as Tony Stark in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and you will, too.

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"The Computer Girls," 1967 Cosmopolitan magazine article on women working with technology

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"The Computer Girls," a 1967 Cosmopolitan piece about a weird new field, programming, that was dominated by women.

Previously: Miniskirts and Mainframes.

[via Clive Thompson]

Earthquake early warning system gets a $4 million boost from USGS

A demo of the ShakeAlert warning system prototype, in action.


A demo of the ShakeAlert warning system prototype, in action.

What if there were a way to warn people right before a big earthquake hits? Earthquake early warning system technology is already serious stuff in Japan, and a system in development for the U.S. just got some serious funding.

The U.S. Geological Survey today announced that it has awarded about $4 million this week to four universities--California Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, University of Washington and University of Oregon--to try and make the “ShakeAlert” earthquake early warning system real.

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For the woman afraid of technology's progress, a set of horse blinders

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You've come a long way, baby.

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34 weird vintage photos of women in tiny miniskirts at huge old computers

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Sex sells Big Iron. Attractive women wearing as little clothing as the decency of the day allows--this tool has been a constant one in the history of advertising, although hemlines over those same years have been anything but constant.

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UK restricts dissident artist Ai Weiwei's stay over his “criminal record” in China

An image of Ai Weiwei's passport, posted  to his Instagram account on July 29, 2015.


An image of Ai Weiwei's passport, posted to his Instagram account on July 29, 2015.

Chinese art-dissident Ai Weiwei can't seem to catch a break lately. On July 22, the Chinese government reinstated the prominent artist's passport, and his freedom to leave China, which he'd been denied for four years. Seven days later, Ai just now wrote on Instagram that the UK is restricting his visa over some trumped-up BS about his China “criminal records.”

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Breaking Bad fans, Jesse Pinkman's house is for sale: $1.6 million

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Two houses featured on the great AMC television series "Breaking Bad" are up for sale in Albuquerque, NM. The sales pitch includes this line, seriously: "Meth lab not included."

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10 videos of drunk people trying to eat sandwiches

Eating a sandwich is hard when you have had too much alcohol.

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Wedding dance knockout video, now with UFC commentary

TO THE FACE!

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Watch this guy solve a 7x7 Rubik's cube in record-breaking time

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Australian speedsolver Feliks Zemdegs has set a new official world record for the shortest time in which to solve a 7x7 Rubik's cube: 2:23.55.

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A thing that is real: “Great Job! Poop Emoji Dog Poop Bags”

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“You did it! Percival Peristalsis, the Positive Poop is proud of you.”

Great Job! Poop Emoji Dog Poop Bags are here, and we want them.

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Virgin Galactic crash blamed on “single human error”

The National Transportation Safety Board's acting chairman, Christopher Hart, second from left, visits the scene of the SpaceShipTwo crash with pilot Todd Ericson, second from right, and NTSB investigators near Cantil, Calif., on Nov. 1, 2014. (NTSB)


The National Transportation Safety Board's acting chairman, Christopher Hart, second from left, visits the scene of the SpaceShipTwo crash with pilot Todd Ericson, second from right, and NTSB investigators near Cantil, Calif., on Nov. 1, 2014. (NTSB)

Federal safety officials say the maker of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, Scaled Composites, is at fault for not anticipating the copilot error that caused the spaceship's disintegration during a test flight nine months ago.

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Lock it Down: A song for Creative Commons, by Jonathan “Song a Day” Mann

“I wrote this song for @creativecommons about why I use them to release my songs,” says Jonathan “Song A Day Man” Mann, who is surely the most prolific and diligent songwriter online.

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US dentist blamed for killing beloved lion in Zimbabwe

Cecil the lion and his alleged killer, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer.


Cecil the lion and his alleged killer, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer.

Cecil the Lion, a much-loved lion who lived in a nature reserve in Zimbabwe, was recently killed by a human.

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Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking call for ban on “autonomous weapons”

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Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and hundreds of artificial intelligence researchers and experts have signed a letter calling for a worldwide ban on “autonomous weapons.”

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