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.

Why are starfish “melting” from viral wasting disease? Maybe it's our fault.

This photo released by the Rocky Intertidal Lab at the University of California-Santa Cruz shows a starfish suffering from 'sea star wasting disease.' (Laura Anderson / Rocky Intertidal Lab UC Santa Cruz)

This photo released by the Rocky Intertidal Lab at the University of California-Santa Cruz shows a starfish suffering from 'sea star wasting disease.' (Laura Anderson / Rocky Intertidal Lab UC Santa Cruz)

Marine biology researchers investigating the virus linked to the “wasting” deaths of countless starfish are looking at what role environmental causes might play in the massive die-off.

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WATCH: New York City Food Warriors explore the sweet eats of Harlem's 125th Street

The Internets Celebrities (Dallas Penn, Rafi Kam, and director Casimir Nozkowski) explore the culinary delights of 125th Street in New York City, where Old Harlem meets New Harlem.

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Bill Cosby speaks to Associated Press on allegations he is a serial rapist

“With sexual assault allegations gaining increasing attention, The Associated Press reviewed an on camera interview with Bill Cosby earlier this month and made the decision to publish his full reaction to questions about the claims.” [YouTube]

“Off-World manufacturing is here,” as astronauts install 3D printer on International Space Station

Photo courtesy Made In Space.

Photo courtesy Made In Space.

Another big milestone for humans in space: astronauts on board the ISS set up a commercial 3D printer, for a tryout in orbit.

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Space-funk music video: “Gagarin,” Public Service Broadcasting (2014)

From the band Public Service Broadcasting, a fun new video for the first single from their upcoming second album, 'The Race For Space'. The music video includes wonderful archival footage from 'Voyage to the Stars', '10 Years In Space', 'Man Remains on Earth', 'Man Returns from Space' & 'Red Moon.' The tune is described as “a brassy, funk-heavy superhero theme song for the most famous man in the world” at one time.

Once again given access to newly acquired BFI footage, this time of the Soviet space race, PSB’s J. Willgoose, Esq. explained the rationale behind the song: “We didn’t want to be too literal in our interpretation of the material we were given – material that was full of heroic language and a sense of exuberance, with lines like ‘the hero who blazed the trail to the stars’, and ‘the whole world knew him and loved him’. It seemed more appropriate to try and re-create some of that triumphant air with a similarly upbeat song – and when it came to creating the video, the best way we could think of to communicate that sense of joy was to get our dancing shoes on.”

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This is what we know about A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor of “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Garrison Keillor of “A Prairie Home Companion.”

From the brilliant boringoldraphael.tumblr.com, the best breakdown yet of long-running, insufferably white syndicated public radio variety show “A Prairie Home Companion.”

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Johnny Rotten's inner child “spent £10,000 on iPad apps” like Game of Thrones


The famed lead singer of the Sex Pistols and PiL, and former spokesperson for the virtue of butter substitutes, has a spending problem when it comes to apps.

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CNN's Don Lemon suggests women being orally raped “use their teeth”


In an interview with the umpteenth woman to come forward with rape allegations against Bill Cosby, CNN anchor Don Lemon said something unbelievably stupid.

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Video: Planet Earth, as seen from space in high-definition, 4K resolution

This video offers “A timelapse of Earth in 4K resolution, as imaged by the geostationary Elektro-L weather satellite, from May 15th to May 19th, 2011.”

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Uber investor and noted dingdong Ashton Kutcher: what's so bad about investigating “shady journalist” [sic]

Noted dingdong Ashton Kutcher. Photo: Reuters

Noted dingdong Ashton Kutcher. Photo: Reuters

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BREAKING: Ashton Kutcher, an actor with 16.5 million Twitter followers who is also an investor in Uber, said something dumb on Twitter today.

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Uber launches internal investigation over privacy violation involving Buzzfeed reporter


Buzzfeed: “Uber said Tuesday that it is investigating its top New York executive for tracking a BuzzFeed News reporter without her permission in violation of what the transit giant says has long been its privacy policy.”

Uber updates logo to reflect new attitude


When you've lost John Hodgman, you've lost America.

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WATCH: Star trails and stone trails merge in beautiful Arizona timelapse, “Wavelight”

Star Trails and Rock Trails Collide at Arizona's legendary WAVE in this new timelapse film by Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic, with music by Mark Petrie:

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Uber driver to cancer patient: you deserved cancer and are "an animal"

What's as bad or worse than threatening journalists whose stories you don't like? Threatening cancer patients on their way home from radiation.

Alexandra Craigle is a cancer patient undergoing radiation treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She ordered an Uber to take her home after getting blasted by the linear accelerator, which as I can attest from personal experience can be traumatic, and exhausting to every single cell in your body like no other experience you will ever have in life. I cried every time, and still experience PTSD from it.

Alexandra had to cancel her Uber order request one minute after initiating it, and says the shitbag driver she canceled became abusive by text and phone voicemail in the most horrifying way imaginable.

Below, Alexandra explains what happens in her own words. I used Uber regularly during treatment and never experienced driver abuse, but it happens, and this is the worst example I've heard of in some time. How nice of Uber to have offered her a $30 ride credit in return. How very nice.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for the ride service company replies to Boing Boing:

Uber has a zero tolerance policy for abusive or threatening language on our platform, and as we have done in this instance, we immediately deactivate any driver found in violation of that policy. While the vast majority of Uber driver partners provide five-star trips with each ride, when a driver fails to meet the level of service and courtesy Uber riders know and love, we take action immediately.