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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.

Vladimir Putin's daughter executes sweet dance moves, runs part of new $1.6B sci-tech incubator

The talented young woman in this eighties-fabulous partner dance competition video is said to be Vladimir Putin's daughter.

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She is reportedly involved in a new, $1.6 billion science and technology incubator funded by some of her dad's friends.

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Gentleman from Aryan Brotherhood who pocketed $6 of Hot Pockets at Walmart gets felony theft

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The swift hand of justice has swooped down upon Andrew Stephen Martin, 28, who is charged with felony theft for stealing 6 bucks worth of Hot Pockets at an Austin, TX WalMart.

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These 4 videos prove Russians rock out harder than anyone else in the world

Our bearskin hats are off to you, random Russian dudes.

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AOL really is killing off TUAW and Joystiq

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Reuters

Pretty much everything AOL touches dies.

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“The Australian Open is on TV, which means my Golden Retriever is in heaven.”

“Georges will watch this all day. While he does love all sports, tennis is his favorite. Yes, his name is Georges.”

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All dogs go to heaven. And all dogs grieve, when a loved one dies.

This video was posted to YouTube with the title, "Crying Rottweiler Grieves For Dead Brother. Animals Do Have Emotions."

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Puppy is terrified by owner making fart noises

We hate to imagine what previous horrors may have sparked this dog's fear of farts.

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We honestly have no idea what to say about this weird martial arts demo.

So, we're uh, just gonna leave this right here.

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Swabface.com: Join the bone marrow registry. Be the match. Save a life. It's quick, easy and fun.

Our friend Drew of "Blame Drew's Cancer" was diagnosed with Hodgin's Lymphoma in 2009. He has been living happily in remission for years. But now, the cancer is back. He needs a bone marrow match to save his life.

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This interactive web graphic may cost Mitt Romney all future presidential hopes

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Bravo, Washington Post web design team and reporter Philip Bump. Bravo.

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Document reveals that U.S. military knows force-feeding Gitmo detainees violates medical ethics

Photo: Jason Leopold.


Photo: Jason Leopold.

VICE News FOIA'd the first disclosure by the US government that force-feeding war-on-terror detainees who are capable of making informed decisions about their own health is a violation of medical ethics and international law.

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This Bulldog can really sing

He may sing better than the humans on each side.

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Babies going through tunnels in cars reminds us of that scene from “2001”

That look of wonder on their pudgy little baby faces.

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We can't stop watching this oddly satisfying water force field

How does this work? Because fluid dynamics. Why is it so mesmerizing? Because magic.

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Cat and horse are best friends, and like to snuggle

You need this right now.

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How to make a laser-guided blowgun that shoots nail darts for less than $3

YouTube HOWTO guy Grant Thompson offers a swift little tutorial on how to make a surprisingly powerful laser assisted blowgun for under $3.

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Hair that looks like pixel-art: #xpresionpixel

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From the creative group X-Presion, #xpresionpixel: a hair coloring technique that creates a pixelated effect.

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When Nancy Grace rants against weed, she is the best crazy lady

The best thing to do is get really high, then watch this video of Nancy Grace going Full Nancy Grace against marijuana. #Pot2Blame?

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Google: We fought gag orders in U.S. Wikileaks query so we could tell Wikileaks about secret warrants

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One of Google's attorneys says the tech giant fought all gag orders from the government that prevented it from telling users their e-mails or other data were being sought by the U.S. in a long-running investigation of WikiLeaks.

Google claims to have challenged the government's secrecy orders on the search warrants from the start, and was only permitted by law to notify users when those orders were partly lifted, according to Perkins Coie partner Albert Gidari.

“From January 2011 to the present, Google has continued to fight to lift the gag orders on any legal process it has received on WikiLeaks,” he told the Washington Post. Perkins Coie's policy is to challenge all gag orders with indefinite time periods.

From the Washington Post report:

The tech firm’s challenges date to January 2011 and include an attempt to overturn gag orders accompanying search warrants issued in March 2012 for the e-mails of three WikiLeaks staff members, the attorney, Albert Gidari, said in an interview.

Google’s long battle to inform its customers about the warrants and court orders has been fought largely in secret because of the court-imposed gags, hampering its effort to counter the impression that it has not stood up for users’ privacy, Gidari said.

In the latest instance, the three WikiLeaks staff members revealed this week that Google notified them on Dec. 23 that their e-mails were the subject of search warrants — almost three years after the broad warrants were issued by a magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Virginia.

“We are astonished and disturbed that Google waited over two and a half years to notify its subscribers,” Michael Ratner, an attorney for the staff members, wrote in a letter Monday to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.

"Google says it fought gag orders in WikiLeaks investigation" [washingtonpost.com via @FreedomofPress]

TV weather guy keeps his cool when temperatures on map show up freakishly high

One of the cardinal rules of live television is that you've gotta be able to roll with whatever happens.

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Nevermind what Silicon Valley thinks of women, what the hell is Newsweek thinking?

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Here is the cover of the new print edition of Newsweek.

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“Man can’t change climate,” only God can, says Senate chair of Environment & Public Works

For some very depressing reasons, this video clip from a recent U.S. Senate hearing is going viral. Senator James Inhofe believes the climate may be changing but that it has absolutely nothing to do with human activity like burning fossil fuels, because The Lord.

“Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will,” Inhofe told the Senate last week.

"There's archeological evidence of that. There's biblical evidence of that. There's historic evidence of that."

"The hoax is that there are some people who are so arrogant to think that they are so powerful, they can change climate. Man can't change climate."

Sen. Inhofe chairs the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee.

Comcast changes customer's name on bill to “Asshole Brown”

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Oh dear.

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How to leak news safely in the age of total digital surveillance

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A solid roundup of advice from Micah F. Lee for sources in the age of digital surveillance: here's how to leak to The Intercept, as safely as possible. Micah's a former EFF-er, currently of First Look Media (publishers of The Intercept), and he is also a board member of Freedom of the Press Foundation.

This publication was created in part as a platform for journalism arising from unauthorized disclosures by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Our founders and editors are strongly committed to publishing stories based on leaked material when that material is newsworthy and serves the public interest. So ever since The Intercept launched, our staff has tried to put the best technology in place to protect our sources. Our website has been protected with HTTPS encryption from the beginning. All of our journalists publish their PGP keys on their staff profiles so that readers can send them encrypted email. And we’ve been running a SecureDrop server, an open source whistleblower submission system, to make it simpler and more secure for anonymous sources to get in touch with us.

But caution is still advised to those who want to communicate with us without exposing their real-world identities.

What not to do, what to worry about, and how to actually go about leaking to the press when you don't want your real-world identity revealed. Good advice for the next Edward Snowden, who may be you.

"HOW TO LEAK TO THE INTERCEPT" [firstlook.org]

Despite Sen. Burr's scheming, the ACLU's still fighting to get the entire Senate torture report released

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U.S. Army Military Police escort a detainee to his cell during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray in Naval Base Guantanamo Bay (Reuters)

Josh Bell of the American Civil Liberties Union tells Boing Boing,

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Video of what it was like at a massive underground UK rave in 1994

New Year's Eve 1994, the Strictly Underground Rave, held at London's Wembley Stadium. Some 10,000 people attended.

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Red pandas get very excited about apples

These red pandas at a Japanese zoo are very, very interested in the apples and grapes their caretaker has brought them.

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Drone captures pod of dolphins surfing in unison

“Huge pods of bottlenose dolphins cruise the shoreline and surf the crystal clear turquoise waves.”

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Pet lizard greets man happily, like a dog would

This video is tripping me out hard.

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This drone's-eye video of Ireland's western coast is lovely.

“When land meets sea and nature and beauty collide, the result is a varied and majestic coastline, unique to the West of Ireland.”

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