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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.

Google shakes its structure up with Alphabet, and Sundar Pichai becomes Google CEO

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On the Official Google Blog, CEO Larry Page said Monday that Google is creating a new holding company that will be called Alphabet.

The big structural change allows the sprawling tech giant to manage its core businesses separately from the more speculative ones -- case in point, Google Plus, a social network which by all accounts failed miserably, and wasn't great for their brand.

Buried lede: Google, the core search business that started it all, will now have a new CEO: Sundar Pichai.

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Greens grown in space are now on Space Station astronaut menu

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Fresh veggies grown in space microgravity are on the menu for the first time for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station.

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Two female meth heads kept a “special needs“ boy and his sister locked in cages

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Photo: WRCB via Murray Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Two women in northwest Georgia are facing child cruelty charges after police officers discovered an 11-year-old boy trapped in a makeshift cage in a bedroom.

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Police officer pulls gun on man recording him, and is placed on leave. #fixthepolice

videoA police officer in the Northern California city of Rohnert Park was caught on video pulling his gun on a resident who was recording the cop on his cellphone.

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Small dog loves cheese

Wait for the grin at the end if you doubt our headline.

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#BlackLivesMatter activists are monitored by U.S. Homeland Security and cybersecurity firms

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Image: Wikipedia.

The ACLU today hosted a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” chat with #BlackLivesMatter activists DeRay McKesson and Johnetta Elzie, and the ACLU’s Nus Choudhury. Together, they discussed policing and police reform in America, and the surveillance of #BLM activists will impact the movement.

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Reddit's new content policy goes into effect, many horrible subreddits banned or quarantined

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Reddit just implemented its new content policy today. Site administrators are now banning and quarantining a number of subreddits. From what we know, tougher rules on so-called "involuntary pornography" are also active, so women whose partners or predators upload intimate images of them to Reddit can know that the site doesn't make such personal violations easy to commit.

The Redditors who frequent affected forums like “Kike Town” and "Watch Niggers Die" are predictably upset.

Redditor Spez writes:

Today we are releasing an update to our Content Policy. Our goal was to consolidate the various rules and policies that have accumulated over the years into a single set of guidelines we can point to. Thank you to all of you who provided feedback throughout this process. Your thoughts and opinions were invaluable. This is not the last time our policies will change, of course. They will continue to evolve along with Reddit itself.

Our policies are not changing dramatically from what we have had in the past. One new concept is Quarantining a community, which entails applying a set of restrictions to a community so its content will only be viewable to those who explicitly opt in. We will Quarantine communities whose content would be considered extremely offensive to the average redditor.

Today, in addition to applying Quarantines, we are banning a handful of communities that exist solely to annoy other redditors, prevent us from improving Reddit, and generally make Reddit worse for everyone else. Our most important policy over the last ten years has been to allow just about anything so long as it does not prevent others from enjoying Reddit for what it is: the best place online to have truly authentic conversations.

I believe these policies strike the right balance.

Which communities have been banned? Spez replies:

Today we removed communities dedicated to animated CP and a handful of other communities that violate the spirit of the policy by making Reddit worse for everyone else: /r/CoonTown, /r/WatchNiggersDie, /r/bestofcoontown, /r/koontown, /r/CoonTownMods, /r/CoonTownMeta.

[Thanks, Andrea James]

Another day, another movie theater shooter in America: Nashville Edition. Open Thread.

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A shooter who entered a movie theater in Nashville during a “Mad Max” showing is reported to have died at the scene.

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'80s Human League dance hit reduced to one lyric: Working as a waitress in a cocktail bar

“You Tuber svantana has reduced the lyrical content of Human League’s 1981 hit 'Don’t You Want Me' to the catchiest and, perhaps, most thematically important line: 'You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar.”

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Homeland Security worker's triple homicide was blue moon ritual killing, says Florida Sheriff

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A Florida Sheriff said today that authorities are investigating a triple homicide in Pensacola as a possible ritual killing connected to the recent blue moon. The suspect was a Department of Homeland Security employee who worked at a local Naval base, with “ties to witchcraft,” whatever that means to the authorities.

There's no talk of terrorism because he was also white.

The sheriff says the suspect was a "Wiccan," but even if you think Wiccans are eccentric weirdos, their well-documented traditions do not involve killing people.

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FBI investigating security of Hillary Clinton's emails, and thumb drive they're stored on

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The FBI is investigating how secure Hillary Rodham Clinton's email practices were when she was secretary of state and used a private email server, reports The Washington Post.

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Soylent's new liquid form is kind of spermy, and the guy behind it is sort of creepy

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Annalee Newitz writes at Gizmodo about Rob Rhinehart, erstwhile “creepy nerd messiah” who today posted a long-ass personal essay to mark the release of Soylent 2.0, “the next version of his sperm-esque food replacement drink.”

We read all of the Soylent guy's essay so you do not have to. As Annalee says, it's basically about “how he’s given up alternating current so he can get ready for his life as a space cyborg.”

There are more than 35 paragraphs in Rob Rhinehart's blog post today. Here's the first.

The walls are buzzing. I know this because I have a magnet implanted in my hand and whenever I reach near an outlet I can feel them. I can feel fortresses of industry miles away burning prehistoric hydrocarbons by the megaton. I can feel the searing pain and loss of consciousness from when I was shocked by exposed house wiring as a boy. I can feel the deep cut of the power bill when I was living near the poverty line. I can feel the cold uncertainty of the first time the power went out due to a storm when I was a child. How long before the delicate veil of civilization turns to savagery with no light nor heat nor refrigeration?

Savagery! Perish the thought.

At Gizmodo, Annalee writes:

Rhinehart has all the hallmarks of a future cult leader. First of all, he’s marketing a pseudoscientific bullshit product, Soylent, which promises to liberate your nerd mind from its analog meatsack. Though actual nutritionists say replacing your food with Soylent is a bad idea, why should you trust them? Rhinehart, an electrical engineer, knows better. If you just drink Soylent, you no longer need to do icky physical things like eat solid food and store rotting items in your house. (Yes, he actually refers to food as “rotting ingredients,” which is not exactly a good sign from a dude trying to sell you things to eat.)

But now Rhinehart has taken it to the next level. He isn’t just trying to sell you on a dubious product from science fiction. Now he’s discovered that the road to enlightenment is slick with Soylent. In today’s manifesto, he’ll sell you on a whole new way of life. Inject your fingers with magnets so you can feel electrical current. Then give up on dirty, dirty alternating current, which uses up so much energy. Use a butane “space stove” to heat water for your coffee. Ride in Ubers to cut down on emissions (that is, if you can’t ride “robot horse cheetahs, or drone multicopters.”) Get your clothing custom-made in China, and stop doing laundry. Drink Soylent warm so you don’t need a fridge.

Cecil the Lion to be immortalized as a Beanie Baby

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Beanie Baby manufacturer Ty Inc. today announced a “Cecil the Lion” Beanie Baby, created in memory of the lion in Zimbabwe who was killed by a now widely reviled American dentist and trophy hunter.

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GoldRush: gold sculptures of things we treat as precious, by artist Črtomir Just

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Črtomir Just

Slovenian designer Črtomir Just made a fanciful 3D series called GoldRush that imagines what various things we treat as precious would look like if they were literally made out of gold.

The objects were printed in 70 x 100 cm sizes, framed, and exhibited at gallery in Ljubljana. Tools used: 3DS Max, Zbrush, Vray.

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Silent Hello: Lionel Richie's classic music video, but without the words.

Without music, the video for Lionel Richie's "Hello" is simultaneously creepy and hilarious.

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

Roux the Pomeranian and his epic sneeze.”

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