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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.

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


Shoop: XJ

'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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Dog of The Day, a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

Dog of The Day, a photo shared by reader Benjamin G. Levy in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. "Chops is the tiniest puppy," he says correctly.

Apollo Television Camera, a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

"Apollo Television Camera," a photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Jeff Stvan.

An Apollo Command Module television camera on display in the Apollo Treasures Gallery at the Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cape Canaveral, FL

Boing Boing pal Joe Sabia has 73 questions for Sarah Jessica Parker, at Vogue (video)

Video genius Joe Sabia, who has collaborated with us on our Virgin America channel for years, worked with Vogue on a fun video: "73 questions for Sarah Jessica Parker."

Florida family, including kids and pregnant mom, sickened by LSD-tainted beef


A blue balloon hangs from a railing on the porch of a home belonging to a family of four in Tampa, Florida March 8, 2014. A pregnant woman and her family were hospitalized after eating steak bought from a Wal-Mart that local authorities believed was laced with the hallucinogenic drug LSD, according to the medical examiner's initial test results. REUTERS/Ken Knight

A family of four in Florida, including a pregnant mom and two young kids, were hospitalized after consuming a dinner of LSD-laced steak. First, 24-year-old dad Ronnie Morales complained of heart palpitations and dizziness sick after eating dinner. His 31-year-old girlfriend Jessica Rosado drove him to a nearby hospital, but she too soon fell ill. She was 9 months pregnant, and doctors performed an emergency delivery of her baby, who is alive and healthy. Her daughters, ages 7 and 6, also became sick that night. The entire family reportedly began hallucinating, and each member had to be intubated. It sounds like they all consumed very high doses. From WLTX Tampa:

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Tonight on PBS NewsHour: Xeni and guests on the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web


he NeXT computer was used by Sir Tim Berners-Lee to develop the World Wide Web, and acted as the world's first ever web server. via nationalmediamuseum.org.uk.

The World Wide Web turns 25 on Wednesday, March 12, if you consider Sir Tim Berners-Lee's paper proposing the system as the web's inception date. On PBS NewsHour tonight, a conversation about the last 25 years of the internet, and the next. I am among the guests. Do tune in, and I'll post video here when it's online.

Breast cancer and online community support: Xeni speaking at SXSW today

If you're at SXSW in Austin, Texas today, do come by the Hilton Level 6 Salon F room at 330pm today (Monday March 10, 2014) for a panel on #BCSM (Breast Cancer Social Media), which I'll be moderating. The video here explains a little of the story behind #BCSM, but the short version is that it's a wonderful online community for people like me who have breast cancer, founded and maintained by women with breast cancer and a health care provider who treats people like us.

Panelists: Alicia Staley, Jody Schoger, and Deanna Attai, the women who created #BCSM.

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Miles on PBS NewsHour tonight, on moving forward after an accident led to amputation

My partner Miles O'Brien will be appearing on tonight's PBS NewsHour to talk about the accident that led to the loss of his left arm, while on a reporting trip in the Philippines. Miles is the science correspondent for NewsHour, and had just completed a reporting trip in Japan to cover the Fukushima nuclear crisis. His arm was amputated on February 14.

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What is the copyright law surrounding Ellen's famous Oscars group selfie?

Philip Bump at The Wire looks into the possible copyright law interpretations surrounding the famous Ellen DeGeneres Oscar selfie. Ellen gave it away to the AP. But "does Ellen have the right to give it away? Who owns that picture?"

Facebook reported to be acquiring drone maker Titan Aerospace

"Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who still lack connectivity, is in talks with a company that could help further that agenda." TechCrunch repots Facebook will buy Titan Aerospace, makers of near-orbital, solar-powered drones that can fly up to five years without having to land. "According to a source with access to information about the deal, the price for this acquisition is $60 million."

Ugandan president on the science of why gay sex must be criminalized: 'you can get worms'


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is trying to please a conservative local faction opposed to homosexuality, but risks alienating Western aid donors. Photo: Reuters, February 22, 2014.

"The mouth is made for eating and kissing, and gay oral sex will give you worms."

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda today gave a detailed explanation of why he believed homosexuals should be jailed for life.

"These mercenary homosexual prostitutes have to be punished," he said. "Just like those who are recruiting them."

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Netflix will pay Comcast to not throttle broadband. This is why Net Neutrality matters.


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Reuters: "Netflix has agreed to pay one of the largest broadband providers in the United States Comcast Corp for faster speeds, throwing open the possibility that more content companies will have to shell out for better service. Comcast and Netflix made the joint announcement on Sunday, marking the first time that Netflix is paying for faster speeds in the U.S. after customers complained about slow service." Terms of the deal remain undisclosed. The news comes as US regulators wrestle with Net Neutrality, and is a perfect example of why it matters. More: "Netflix to pay Comcast for faster speeds [Reuters]