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.

How to archive your video media, an activist's guide by WITNESS

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Matisse Bustos-Hawkes of WITNESS, a non-profit dedicated to exploring video as a tool for promoting and protecting human rights, says:

We've got a new, free resource available in Arabic, English and Spanish called the Activists' Guide to Archiving Video. WITNESS created it after hearing from hundreds of activists and citizen journalists worldwide that preservation and future access to their media was a crucial concern. It's been getting a lot of good feedback and next month we're getting an award from an archive association.

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'Sea Flowers,' outsider-surrealist painting by Robert Steven Connett

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"Sea Flowers," A new acrylic painting shared by Boing Boing reader Robert Steven Connett in our Flickr Pool.

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Awesome dad unperturbed by 2-year-old son's penchant for wearing dresses

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Here's a touching and inspiring essay by Seth Menachem, father of a 2 year old boy and a 4 year old girl: "So my son wears a dress; what's it to you?"

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Chinese hackers now selecting absolutely most boring federal agencies as targets

A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in Singapore in this January 2, 2014 photo illustration. Picture taken January 2, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su.


A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in Singapore in this January 2, 2014 photo illustration. Picture taken January 2, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su.

"After years of cyberattacks on the networks of high-profile government targets like the Pentagon, Chinese hackers appear to have turned their attention to far more obscure federal agencies," reports the New York Times—real snoozers like the Government Printing Office and the Government Accountability Office, which senior officials said this week were pwned in March.

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Swedish man and his prolific bot are responsible for 8.5% of all Wikipedia articles

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Sverker Johansson, 53, has volunteered as a Wikipedia editor for the past 7 years and may be the online encyclopedia's most prolific contributor.

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Exploring Japan's robot legacy at 'Future Hall' exhibition in Tokyo

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Japan has long been a leading force in the development of robotic technology, and visiting Tokyo's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, aka Miraikan (Future Hall) really drives home that point.

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Seaplane in Alaska narrowly avoids landing on a humpback whale

Thomas Hamm shot this video of a seaplane almost landing right on top of a humpback whale. "Right on that fuckin' whale!" as an observer is heard to exclaim. CNN explains.

Ku Klux Klan recruiting with bags of candy tossed on doorsteps

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In Oconee County, South Carolina, some residents report to have encountered bags tossed at their homes containing candy and a flyer inviting them join the KKK. Ku Klux Klandy?

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Celebrate Apollo 11 history by watching Buzz Aldrin punch this jerk in the face

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The Saturn V blastoff video below is space nostalgia bliss, but nothing does it for me like this video of American hero Buzz Aldrin punching conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel in the face.

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Space history: 45 years ago today, Apollo 11 blasted off to put humans on the moon

5 frame shot of the gantry retracting while the Saturn V boosters lift off to carry the Apollo 11 astronauts to the Moon. Photo: TIME.


5 frame shot of the gantry retracting while the Saturn V boosters lift off to carry the Apollo 11 astronauts to the Moon. Photo: TIME.

Today is a big day in space exploration history: on this day, 45 years ago, NASA's Apollo 11 mission blasted 3 human beings into space, to set foot on our moon.

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Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule are going on tour

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Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are known for live performances as weird as their television show, "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!." This Fall, Tim and Eric are going on a North American tour with Dr. Steve Brule (John C. Reilly) of "Check It Out," and the experience promises to be unmissable.

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NASA's Curiosity rover finds iron meteorite on Mars

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NASA: "This rock encountered by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is an iron meteorite called 'Lebanon,' similar in shape and luster to iron meteorites found on Mars by the previous generation of rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Lebanon is about 2 yards or 2 meters wide (left to right, from this angle). The smaller piece in the foreground is called 'Lebanon B.'"

White supremacist 1914 board game is stark reminder of Australia's racist past

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To win a round of the "White Australia Game," players had to "Get the Coloured Men Out and the White Men In.”

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Portraits of people in 7 days' worth of their own garbage

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Gregg Segal's beautiful photographs of people lying around in a week's worth of their own trash are making the internet rounds this week.

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