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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:

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, last seen in Las Vegas April 1 (UPDATED: Found.)

UPDATE: Alexa has been found. She is alive. Alexa's family thanks Boing Boing readers for their care, concern, and the tips they sent in. She's in custody. Out of respect for privacy & recovery, I'll leave it at that.—XJ

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, missing person.


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Peaceful Panda Planet

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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

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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

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'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.

Dave Brockie, punk artist of GWAR fame, has died. Here's video of the first GWAR show ever.

GWAR creator Dave Brockie has died. He was found in his home, and no cause of death has been released. He was 50 years old.

I knew Dave in the mid-1980s, and crashed at punk/art houses where he and co-creatives practiced and built props for GWAR, and before it, Death Piggy.

Dave Brockie, from the era of "Death Piggy," the pre-GWAR band. For a time, I went to every show. —XJ

RVA Magazine has extensive coverage of his life and death, and a statement from GWAR's manager. Style Weekly broke the sad news. Here's an earlier interview with Brockie from RVA Mag. My old friend from that era, Doug Dobey, wrote a beautiful homage on Facebook.

As Gareth Branwyn said on Facebook today, the comment seen about Brockie so far: "He was a great space Barbarian, and an even better human."

Above, the very first GWAR show. I was there.

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Kitten Frog Laser Battle

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'Sky Reflect Discovery Field,' John S. Banks, from the Boing Boing Flickr photo pool

A mystical image of mysterious origin shared in the BB Flickr Pool by John S. Banks (web), "Sky Reflect Discovery Field."

He explains, "Uncovered a new scene of this object that was discovered in the late 90s in a field in Southern Ohio or possibly Nebraska, the attribution on the coordinates was obscured."

Banks was the artist behind a number of trippy, beautiful ambient video projects like "Nature's Journey," in which he teamed up with one with one of my favorite ambient electronic musicians, Michael Stearns.

Nuclear crisis at Fukushima continues to unfold: a trilogy of reports by PBS NewsHour's Miles O'Brien (video)

Miles O'Brien, science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, has produced a series of three must-see investigative reports revisiting the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan. His stories explore how the radiation leaks triggered by the earthquake and tsunami are continuing to affect life there, and beyond.

First, above, "Fukushima nuclear crisis continues to unfold."

The site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan remains a post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned towns, frozen in time. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien got a rare tour inside the plant, where three nuclear reactors melted down after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, to learn more about the long-term solutions for stemming the radioactive contamination.

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