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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:

The state of vintage contemporary hipster fashion in Africa, according to a Namibian style guru

This is Africa interviews Namibian designer and trendsetter Loux the Vintage Guru on contemporary African fashion trends that involve "black hipsters in tweed jackets and round spectacles, trilby hats, Oversize coats," and a wide array of vintage style. A wonderful interview with some really knockout photos, and a mini-documentary on African "sapeurs." [Photos: Harness Hamese and Lukas Amakali for This is Africa]

Awesomely bad Bollywood musical number and Kraftwerk ripoff: 'Yoga' (1983)

Where to begin. This is my kind of yoga. Video Link. From the 1983 film HAADSAA. [HT: Carl Hamm]

LA sheriffs shoot, kill Tosh.0 production assistant who was helping friends attacked by man with knife

At left, John Winkler, who was shot to death by a Sheriff's Deputy in West Hollywood on Monday. At right, Alexander McDonald, the suspect charged in the case with holding Winkler's friends against their will and attacking them with a knife.

In West Hollywood on Monday, 30 year old aspiring television production worker John Winkler was mistaken for a stabbing suspect, and shot to death by a deputy as he fled an apartment where friends were being held against their will and attacked by a knife-wielding man. From the Los Angeles Times, on Winkler's death:
In fact, he was one of three hostages being held inside an apartment by a man with a knife. Winkler was shot in the chest when he rushed out of the apartment with one of the other victims, sheriff's officials said in a statement.

“The apartment door suddenly opened and a male victim came rushing out,” the statement said. “He was covered in blood and bleeding profusely from the neck. Simultaneously, Winkler ran out of the door, lunging at the back of the fleeing victim. Both ran directly at the deputies.”

Three deputies fired at Winkler. He was shot once and died at a local hospital. The other victim was also shot in the leg, officials said.

"Winkler moved to West Hollywood from Washington state six months ago to pursue a career in entertainment," reports the Times. He had recently landed a temporary contract gig as aproduction assistant on the Comedy Central web-clip show Tosh.0.

Steve Jurvetson scores a Mercury spacesuit at auction

"Whoa, I just won a Mercury space suit," says Steve Jurvetson, VC, photographer, and space history collector. "The iconic silver wardrobe of our dreams and the first American astronauts. Still a bit in speechless awe."

Our Pesco wrote about this very auction, here on Boing Boing earlier this week.

CBS: Stephen Colbert Will Take Over Letterman’s ‘Late Show’

Comedian Stephen Colbert greets a reporter as he arrives for the State Dinner being held for French President Francois Hollande at the White House in Washington on February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Looks like that #CancelColbert campaign worked: The Colbert Show's Stephen Colbert will replace a retiring David Letterman as host of the CBS Late Show. Colbert's tenure will begin in 2015, according to an announcement today from CBS' CEO Les Moonves. The Comedy Central star has signed a five-year agreement with CBS, and the show's location is yet to be determined.

Have you seen this missing woman? Alexa Morgenroth, last seen in Las Vegas April 1

My friend Emily in Los Angeles shared with me that her stepsister has gone missing. I offered to help spread the word, in hopes that perhaps one of our readers in Las Vegas (or elsewhere) has seen Alexa Morgenroth.

Emily writes, "Alexa was an adorable and happy kid with a brilliant smile. She was a model with a masters from Columbia University. She had a zest for life and heroin stole it from her and her family. She left rehab on April 1st and has not been seen since. The girl she left rehab with is no longer alive."

"Please help us find Alexa. She is lost in Vegas. She has an infection in her arm that must be treated. She is a sweet soul with a devastating disease."

"Save Alexa. Spread the word. Do you have friends in vegas? Can they share this? Thank you."

PDF Link to police flyer: Alexa Morgenroth, missing person.

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Peaceful Panda Planet

'shoop: @xeni. We've been @darth'd.

Taiwan: Watch the "Sunflower Movement" student occupation of congress via live video stream

A screenshot from the livestream of a youth protest in Taiwan.

A Taiwanese protester looks out from a window next to a cartoon of President Ma Ying-jeou at Taiwan's legislature. The Chinese characters read, "Anti-black box" (top, L), "Communist Ma the black hand" (bottom, L), "Rape Taiwan" (R) and "9% approval rating." Photo: Reuters/Patrick Lin.

Yingli, a Boing Boing pal in China, sends us a note about ongoing protests in Taiwan, which you can observe online via livestreamed video. Since March 18, 2014, college-age Taiwanese youth have been protesting their government's handling of the Cross-Strait Agreement, a treaty between mainland China and Taiwan that would substantially liberalize trade relations between the two economies. The organized youth are known as "The Sunflower Movement," or "The March 18 Movement."

Yingli says, "What is most fascinating is that they are livestreaming the occupation of the Legistlative Yuan (the government office where they tried passing this legislation against the wishes of people) by college-age students."

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Rabbit Rainbow

Shoop: XJ

Mentos + Coke + Nutella + Condoms = Bellissimo Esplosione (video)

This, more or less, is what Magic Mille (milleaccendini) is doing in this video:

We’re gonna use a condom, but this time it’s gonna be mango-flavored. Let’s start. First thing: let’s take some Nutella and put it on the top of the bottle, creating some kind of Nutella cap that will be fundamental for the Nutella-Coke-Mentos reaction. Good, now we open our condom and we put Mentos in it. Not just one, two or three, but five Mentos, since we found out during previous experiments that 5 is the best quantity of Mentos in terms of maximum reaction. Now we’re going to seal everything with some tape. Perfect: Nutella, Mentos… now we’re gonna let the Mentos drop on top of the Nutella, and that’s enough for… and here’s the reaction!

Stick around for the climax, folks.

Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes talks '80s punk on Daily Show; wears homage to GWAR and Dave Brockie

Gibby Haynes, best known as the frontman for the great Texas experimental psychedelic-hardcore band The Butthole Surfers, appeared on The Daily Show With John Stewart last night. Author Yates Wuelfing was on to promote her new book, "No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens." Stewart revealed that he once bartended at the famed NJ punk club. It was "a place you could play between New York and Philadelphia," said Gibby, who wore the word GWAR on his forearm as an homage to the late Dave Brockie.

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Holy crap Facebook is paying $2 billion for virtual reality headset firm Oculus Rift

$2 billion? Are you fucking kidding me?

Update: Don't miss Dean Putney's opinion piece, "Oculus was the future of gaming. Now it’s the future of Facebook."

Facebook today announced that it has "reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of approximately $2 billion." The deal includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock, and provides for an additional $300 million earn-out in cash and stock based on "the achievement of certain milestones."

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All You Need is Pug

Shoop: XJ

'The Office' Time Machine, an epic supercut and cultural remix experiment by Joe Sabia

Pure genius from Joe Sabia, and a beautiful example of what's possible when bright creative minds experiment with fair re-use.

The Office is relatable (and hilarious) because it borrows so much from culture, and people get the references. Culture is society’s collected knowledge, art, and customs. It’s what surrounds us and unites us, and it allows us to collectively laugh at a joke in The Office about Ben Franklin or M. Night Shyamalan. Culture, simply put, is the seasoning in a meal. (...) This Time Machine is intended to show how much we rely on culture. So let artists bang it out without fear of being sued.