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.

Watch 6 second-graders eat dinner at a $220-a-plate fancy NYC restaurant

For the New York Times magazine’s fall Food issue, the publication treated six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn to dinner at Daniel, a fancy spot where a seven-course tasting menu goes for $220 a person.

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The War on Leaks: James Risen on 60 Minutes

Don't miss the 60 Minutes episode about the NSA's practices “involving wiretaps, and what happens when the demands of national security collide with the public's right to know.’

That dilemma is at the heart of the case of James Risen, a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter for the New York Times. Risen was the first to break the story about the NSA's secret wiretapping program that monitored Americans' phone calls without a court warrant. He's been subpoenaed to divulge his confidential sources in a separate federal criminal trial. He appealed the subpoena all the way up to the Supreme Court, but the court turned down his petition. Now, if he doesn't name names, he could go to jail.

Lesley Stahl asks Risen if he would ever divulge his source. “No,” Risen answers. “Never?” asks Stahl. Risen: “Never, no.”

Beauty After Breast Cancer: kickstarting a photography book on our bodies, in treatment and beyond

“Katelyn — Wife, mother, nurse, dancer. Preventative mastectomy at age 29 due to high family risk, with silicone implant reconstruction.” Photo: Joseph Linaschke


“Katelyn — Wife, mother, nurse, dancer. Preventative mastectomy at age 29 due to high family risk, with silicone implant reconstruction.” Photo: Joseph Linaschke

My good friend Joseph Linaschke, who photographed me during my treatment for breast cancer, is Kickstarting a book by breast cancer patients for breast cancer patients: “Beauty After Breast Cancer.” I'll be in it, along with many other women living their lives post-diagnosis.

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Ticket Giveaway! LA music event, 10/18: Gavin Turek, and The Relationship ft. Brian Bell of Weezer

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Come celebrate Halloween with a night of funky synthwave and disco on Saturday October 18 when Gavin Turek hosts the next Twilight Sessions at the Village Studios. Artists performing include Gavin Turek, Happy Hollows, Misun, & The Relationship ft. Brian Bell of Weezer.

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Thousands march in St. Louis to protest police violence against black Americans

A protester marches through the streets during a demonstration in Clayton, Missouri October 10, 2014 in the wake of the fatal shooting of a black teenager, 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr., by an off-duty white St. Louis police officer working for a private security firm on October 8 in what police described as a firefight. Relatives of Myers said he did not have a gun, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The incident follows the fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. [REUTERS/Jim Young]


A protester marches through the streets during a demonstration in Clayton, Missouri October 10, 2014 in the wake of the fatal shooting of a black teenager, 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr., by an off-duty white St. Louis police officer working for a private security firm on October 8 in what police described as a firefight. Relatives of Myers said he did not have a gun, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The incident follows the fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. [REUTERS/Jim Young]

Thousands of people have gathered in St. Louis, Missouri last night and today to condemn police violence. The weekend of demonstrations is in response to the August shooting of unarmed black teen Mike Brown by a white police officer in the Ferguson suburb. The officer remains free, and not charged with a crime. The victim remains dead.

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Yet another female game dev targeted with credible threats after speaking out on sexism

The tweet says it all.

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The Laura Poitras film on Snowden shows that only government transparency will stop leaks

Edward Snowden. Photo: Guardian.


Edward Snowden. Photo: Guardian.

As we've mentioned, filmmaker Laura Poitras has an important new documentary out about Edward Snowden, and the impact of his leaks on NSA surveillance.

In a review of the “Citizenfour” for The Guardian, Trevor Timm, Executive Director of Freedom of the Press Foundation (Laura Poitras is a board member, so am I) writes:

[W]hat the government has failed to grasp is that Chelsea Manning and Snowden’s leaks are not isolated incidents – or, at least they won’t be when we look back on this era 10 years from now. There are 5 million people with security clearances in this country, and many of them are part of a new generation that is far more critical of the blanket secrecy permeating government agencies than the old guard.

It’s only now that we are finally starting to see the reverberations of Manning’s and Snowden’s whistleblowing. But one thing is for sure: there are many more potential whistleblowers out there, and if government officials do not move to make their actions more transparent of their own volition, then their employees may well do it for them.

Previously: "Laura Poitras's Citizenfour: the real story of Edward Snowden"

The surreal erotic photography of Heinrich Heidersberger [NSFW]

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A selection of works by the German photographer Heinrich Heidersberger (1906-2006).

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Video: Watch these two TV anchors goof off in an excellent manner during commercial break

Well played, WGN-TV Chicago weekend news anchors Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange.

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Cute little Mini Dachshund takes a little bath in a little sink

Awww.

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Deep Space area rugs

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I want one so bad my head hurts. Deep space rugs by Schönstaub.

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Video: Up-close and friendly encounter with a Great White Shark, in Monterey Bay

Using a GoPro camera, Patrick Anders Webster captured this amazing encounter with a juvenile carcharodon carcharias, Great White Shark, at Monterey Bay Fisherman's Wharf on October 6.

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Sunny Day at Crater Lake, a photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

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A photo shared by Ben Leshchinsky in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. “Crater Lake remains reflective, if only for a bit, during a warm afternoon in the Oregon Summer.”