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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.

Urban snowscape: frosted wire (a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr pool)

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A photo shared by Chkyc in our Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

Pretty girls and forest creatures: photography by Katerina Plotnikova

10730099_553669401400234_408618754573533501_n A sample of works new and not-as-new by Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova, who is based in Moscow.

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Inside the Internet's hidden science factory, Amazon's Mechanical Turk

Illustration by Edel Rodriguez for PBS NewsHour


Illustration by Edel Rodriguez for PBS NewsHour

From PBS NewsHour's Jenny Marder, an interesting piece this week about the weird cyberworld of professional study subjects--and specifically, the role that Amazon's Mechanical Turk plays in academic research.

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How PAPER magazine's sysadmins hardened their backend for Kim Kardashian's ass-plosion

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"This image is just a gradient between the brightest, shiniest color of Kim Kardashian’s butt and the darkest, shadowiest color of her butt." Well played, Medium.com, well played.

Kim Kardashian's voluminous booty may have generated an untold number of boners, but none so stiff as those of the sysadmins who had to brace servers to handle the anticipated onslaught of web traffic for Paper Magazine, the publication which unleashed the full, explosive force of her butt upon the internets.

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“Love is Like an Unfamiliar Shower,” a comic by Grant Snider

“Billie Holiday sang, 'Love is just like a faucet, it turns off and on,” writes Grant Snider. “I think she was almost right. Grant's poster shop is here.

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North Korea publishes list of over 300 weird new patriotic slogans. What do they mean?

Kim Jong-Un and his copywriting team, coming up with some cool new slogans. Image: KCNA.


Kim Jong-Un and his copywriting team, coming up with some cool new slogans. Image: KCNA.

"Let this socialist country resound with Song of Big Fish Haul and be permeated with the fragrant smell of fish and other seafoods!"

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32 new LEGO Star Wars sets and a poster of facts all fans should know

Image courtesy LEGO


Image courtesy LEGO

The LEGO Group today announced 32 new LEGO Star Wars figures. To celebrate the launch, they created a poster of fun facts fans of both should know. Just a little over 300 days left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters!

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Image courtesy LEGO


Image courtesy LEGO

Image courtesy LEGO


Image courtesy LEGO

Image courtesy LEGO


Image courtesy LEGO

Image courtesy LEGO


Image courtesy LEGO

Image courtesy LEGO


Image courtesy LEGO

Image courtesy LEGO


Image courtesy LEGO

Fifty Shits of Grey

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Shit Rough Drafts takes on Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Estonian programmer for Megaupload pleads guilty, sentenced to year in U.S. prison

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Andrus Nõmm

Andrus Nõmm "was aware that copyright-infringing content was stored" on site, according to U.S. prosecutors. The Estonian programmer was today sentenced to a year and one day in prison after pleading guilty to felony copyright infringement.

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The totally awesome 3D illustrations of artist Victor Nunes

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These are so delightful.

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Gangster salmon wears Star of David bling to promote lox on store window

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A fine contribution to the Boing Boing Flickr pool, by Renee Rendler-Kaplan.

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9/11 defendant sodomized at CIA 'black site' still suffers injuries, lawyer says

 "Guantánamo prison photo of Saudi Mustafa al Hawsawi, accused of helping the 9/11 hijackers with funds and travel, turned up on Middle Eastern websites. He is seen sitting on a prayer rug and posing for the International Committee of the Red Cross in prison-approved images taken for family members."


"Guantánamo prison photo of Saudi Mustafa al Hawsawi, accused of helping the 9/11 hijackers with funds and travel, turned up on Middle Eastern websites. He is seen sitting on a prayer rug and posing for the International Committee of the Red Cross in prison-approved images taken for family members." [Miami Herald]

A lawyer for a man accused of helping to plot the 9/11 attacks said today his captive Saudi client was rectally abused while in CIA custody, “and continues to bleed now, at least eight years later.” He and other men were forced to submit to rectal exams with excessive force, conducted by CIA operatives. The other words for this are rape, or sodomy.

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Romance in NYC: Valentine's Day short shot entirely on iPhone 6

I love my iPhone 6+, and have been shooting, editing, and publishing lots of glorious video with it, on the road.

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Modern Flower Child jewelry: tiny flowers and delicate bits of nature in crystalline resin

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Oregon-based artist Sarah Smith, known on Etsy as Modern Flower Child, hand-crafts these lovely resin bracelets, bangles and earrings.

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U-Ram Choe's kinetic light sculptures

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Artist U-Ram Choe is based in Seoul, South Korea, and designs these beautiful kinetic sculptures. He imagines them as living organisms, and each is created with a mythologized scientific nomenclature, accompanied by descriptions of the behavior of each “species,” its life cycle, and its place within the ecosystem of fellow creations.

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The dazzling kinetic sculptures of Bob Potts

A video from M.A.D. Gallery: “In his one-man workshop housed in an 1850s barn, Potts creates ethereal kinetic sculptures capturing the very essence of natural rhythmical movements like the flight of birds or the oars of boats in his inimitable style. The 72-year-old is a connoisseur of form, movement, and visual grace.”

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German teletext porn (crude pixelated nudity, sexy seizure warning for hot GIF action)

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Teletext services were eclipsed in the mid-'90s by the advent of the World Wide Web, but those of us who are old enough to remember them will feel a frisson of naughty nostalgia upon revisiting these ads for adult services.

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Meteorite shoes

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"Meteorite Shoes" by Studio Swine, made from aluminium foam to resemble the color and form of a meteorite.

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Sriracha Ketchup from Heinz will soon be a thing

Praise Jesus.

God exists. My prayers have been answered.

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An infographic comparing the intensities of various common psychedelics

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Doghouse Diaries nails it.

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If you're a Stevie Wonder fan, you must watch this 1976 promo film for “Songs in the Key of Life”

Stevie Wonder's masterpiece album “Songs in the Key of Life” debuted with this fabulously dated promotional video, a documentary chronicling the lavish press party the music legend hosted at Long View Farms Studios [map] in 1976.

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Dope emoji portraits of internet celebrities by Yung Jake

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Musician and artist Yung Jake continues to create these wonderful, ephemeral portraits of pop culture stars like Bieber, Miley, Pharell, Seinfeld, Nicki Minaj, Larry David, and on and on.

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Drunk mountain gorilla punches photographer, who got the shot.

Photo: Caters News Agency

Photo: Caters News Agency

Photographer Christophe Courteau was taking images of mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park forest when the group's alpha male charged him.

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A most excellent Star Wars Millenium Falcon cake

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This Star Wars-themed cake by by Cup A Dee Cakes includes so many loving, nerdy details: panels, access hatches, floodlights, all in an array of edible hues.

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Gorgeous photos of waves crashing: Aqua Viva, by Pierre Carreau

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Photographer Pierre Carreau’s AquaViva series explores the vibrant energy that bursts wherever “the ocean meets the shore,” according to the artist's website.

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The quest for virality is making everything shitty

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“I don’t want everything I fucking see to be a stream of deliberately random shit pre-programmed to go viral.”—Drew Magary at Jalopnik.

Remember the Fruitcake Lady?

Marie Rudisill, Truman Capote's aunt, was in her nineties when she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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Why comets are like deep-fried ice cream

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is seen here in an image captured by the Rosetta spacecraft. The mission's Philae lander hit the surface with a big bounce, demonstrating the comet's surface is hard. Image ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM


Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is seen here in an image captured by the Rosetta spacecraft. The mission's Philae lander hit the surface with a big bounce, demonstrating the comet's surface is hard. Image ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

Astronomers tinkering with ice and organics in the lab may have discovered why comets are encased in a hard, outer crust.

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50 Shades of Buscemi

Now this I'd go see.

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To do in Hawaii: Pow! Wow! Hawaii week-long urban art festival starts today

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Need an excuse to drop everything and fly to Hawaii right now? The annual week-long art event POW! WOW! is happening, and I'll be here on Oahu for it.

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