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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.

“Jones Big-Ass Truck Rental and Storage Facility,” a very special TV commercial

“Now friends, I know many of you may be asking yourself, Now how in the hell can he store all this stuff for such a cheap price?”

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The Emoticon Art of Nicholas Mottola Jacobsen

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"io non tr(emoji), a digital art series by the Italian designer Nicholas Mottola Jacobsen.

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The weird crybaby soldiers of sculptor Johnson Tsang

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Who Did it? Again!,” a series of porcelain toy soldiers by Johnson Tsang, from 2014.

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An oddly comforting video of guinea pigs munching on red bell pepper slices

It's an ASMR thing. I mean, the video, and for us, not the rodents.

“Stealie,” a beautiful print by Android Jones

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Android Jones

You can buy prints for $95.

Weird Paul explains 1970s-80s print catalogs to the post-internet generation

YouTube Vlogger Weird Paul does a great job of explaining shopping catalogs of the seventies and eighties to viewers who are too young to have experienced these when they were The Now.

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Toddler is adorably blown away by her dad's clever trick

We should all aspire to live life with this level of amazement.

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Lioness tries to claw baby to death from behind glass, or maybe play with him

The baby seems obliviously happy. The lioness seems determined and hungry.

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Paperholm: a growing, tiny, adorable paper model city by Charles Young

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Artist Charles Young creates a new, tiny, glorious little model for his Paperholm tiny city project each day.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Dr. Martin Luther King press conference, March 26, 1964.”

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Eibsee

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A photo of a lake in the Bavarian Alps, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool by Boing Boing reader P.S. Zoeller.

Yes, global warming is real: 2014 was the world's hottest year on record

The year 2014 was the warmest since recording the planetary temperature began in 1880, according to an analysis by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. And nine out of the 10 hottest years since those records began happened after 2000. The trend continues a long-term warming of the planet. Global warming is real.

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Mars lander lost in 2003 has been found by NASA's Reconnaissance Orbiter

"A bright feature interpreted as the United Kingdom's Beagle 2 Lander with solar arrays at least partially deployed on the surface of Mars." [JPL]


"A bright feature interpreted as the United Kingdom's Beagle 2 Lander with solar arrays at least partially deployed on the surface of Mars." [JPL]

The UK-built Beagle 2 Mars Lander has been considered lost on Mars since 2003. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today announced it has been found, in images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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The beautiful works of Nermin Er, master papercraft artist from Turkey

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Some of the beautiful cut-paper works of artist Nermin Er, born in and based in Istanbul.

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Internetaholic

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By The Gentleman's Armchair.

Are you following this webcomic yet? Do.

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Nigeria: Satellite images show horrific scale of recent Boko Haram massacre

Satellite image of the village of Doro Baga in NE Nigeria. Jan. 2, 2015, shows  densely packed structures and tree cover in Doro Baga before the village was attacked by Boko Haram militants. Micah Farfour/DigitalGlobe



Satellite image of the village of Doro Baga in NE Nigeria. Jan. 2, 2015, shows densely packed structures and tree cover in Doro Baga before the village was attacked by Boko Haram militants. Micah Farfour/DigitalGlobe

Amnesty International has released satellite images that clearly show the scale of last week’s Boko Haram massacre in the villages of Baga and Doron Baga, in northeast Nigeria. The images show approximately 3,700 structures damaged or destroyed according to the human rights group. The Nigerian government disputes reports that some 2,000 were killed, and says "only 150" died.

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Encryption essential to security, say intel agencies. UK PM Cameron didn't get the (leaked) memo.

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"A secret US cybersecurity report warned that government and private computers were being left vulnerable to online attacks from Russia, China and criminal gangs because encryption technologies were not being implemented fast enough," writes James Ball at the Guardian.

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The Problem with the White House Cybersecurity Proposals

Screengrab from White House live stream of President Obama's final press conference of 2014, on December 19, 2014.


Screengrab from White House live stream of President Obama's final press conference of 2014, on December 19, 2014.

Steven M. Bellovin, network security researcher at Columbia, has a must-read post up about the new cybercrime legislation push from the Obama administration.

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Obama is waging a war on hackers

"President Obama’s War on Hackers is a bad thing, creating a Cyber Police State," writes Errata Security's Rob Graham in a Wired op-ed. "The current laws already overcriminalize innocent actions and allow surveillance of innocent people. We need to roll those laws back, not extend them."

Cameron to press Obama for help outlawing encryption, destroying internet freedom

UK Prime Minister David Cameron (Reuters)


UK Prime Minister David Cameron (Reuters)

UK PM David Cameron is reportedly seeking the cooperation of US president Barack Obama over Cameron's encryption crackdown. Cameron is expected to ask Obama to pressure US internet firms to work more closely with UK intelligence agencies.

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New net neutrality legislation not needed, says White House

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A general view of the White House in Washington September 30, 2013
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Reuters is reporting that the White House today said "legislation was not necessary to settle so-called "net neutrality" rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them."

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Obama's cybercrime push, free speech hypocrisy, the Wired memo: Xeni on KCRW's 'Press Play'

Madeleine Brand, host of KCRW's "Press Play" newsmagazine.


Madeleine Brand, host of KCRW's "Press Play" newsmagazine.

I joined Madeleine Brand, host of KCRW's Press Play, to talk about this week's internet headlines: "It’s been just over a week since the deadly shooting at France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine. Hundreds of thousands have been gathering daily in Paris to mourn the killings and applaud the magazine’s brave stance on free speech. But now, French authorities have arrested a controversial comedian named Dieudonne, who violated the country’s strict laws against racist speech with an apparently anti-Semitic Facebook post. We talk about that and other web news in our weekly Internet roundup." Listen here.

We also talked about the presidential push to toughen cybercrime laws (at the expense of privacy and other digital rights, I predict), and That Wired Memo, which Rob Beschizza so artfully and dramatically interpreted. Denton called it "purely fascistic," but we call it pure fun.

Going Supersonic with a 3D-Printed Rocket

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Space and rocketry enthusiast Steve Jurvetson shares these wonderful images of a recent project: "Supersonic 3D-printed rocket on a I280 Metalstorm, and wild recovery at sea."

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In an effort to suck up to local governments, Uber plans to share your ride data

Image: Uber.


Image: Uber.

Each time you take a ride with Uber, the service gathers data: the location and time of your pick-up and destination, how long your trip took, and so on. Each day that thousands of people in your city take a ride with Uber, larger patterns become visible: where is congestion happening, for instance. Uber does a better job at gathering this sort of social intelligence than any government entity, but city governments would love to have access. And soon, they will.

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5 top Secret Service officials are on their way out in big shakeup

Secret Service agents awaiting Obama in Durham, NC, back in 2008. [REUTERS/Jason Reed ]


Secret Service agents awaiting Obama in Durham, NC, back in 2008. [REUTERS/Jason Reed ]

"The Secret Service has decided to remove four of its most senior officials while a fifth has decided to retire, the biggest management shake-up at the troubled agency since its director resigned in October after a string of security lapses," reports the Washington Post.

Digital rights advocates, brace yourselves: Obama administration pushing for new cyber-laws

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[REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque]

As predicted, President Obama this week asked Congress "to pass broad legislation to bolster cybersecurity across the United States government and private industry, working to capitalize on concern about recent high-profile computer breaches to counter an escalating threat."

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Harrowing account of how Chinese authorities 'disappeared' one reporter's assistant

The police follow Miao as she is heading to a poetry reading, where she is later arrested © Uli Knörzer


The police follow Miao as she is heading to a poetry reading, where she is later arrested © Uli Knörzer

At Zeit Online, "They Have Miao" is an intense, riveting, and frightening read. It's Zeit.de journalist Angela Kockritz's account of "How my assistant got into trouble with Beijing’s security apparatus and I got to know the Chinese authorities," illustrated by Uli Knörzer, and retold with great candor and bravery.

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Greenwald: Since glorious “free speech” march, France has opened 54 criminal cases for “condoning terrorism.”

French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, also known as just ''Dieudonne'', attends a news conference at the ''Theatre de la Main d'or'' in Paris January 11, 2014. [Reuters]


French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, also known as just ''Dieudonne'', attends a news conference at the ''Theatre de la Main d'or'' in Paris January 11, 2014.
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"Since that glorious 'free speech' march, France has reportedly opened 54 criminal cases for “condoning terrorism,” writes Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.

The Associated Press today reported “France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism.”

"As pernicious as this arrest and related 'crackdown' on some speech obviously is," writes Greenwald, "it provides a critical value: namely, it underscores the utter scam that was this week’s celebration of free speech in the west."

Goats can't decide whether to stand on pile of rocks or other goats' backs

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I have a hard time with this decision sometimes, too.

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