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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.

'Is College Bad for Girls?' cautionary pamphlet from 1905

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From 1905, this pamphlet asks, “Is College Bad for Girls?” and explores the possibilities.

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Planetary polyamory: Exploring a planet 'reared' by four parent stars

Planet With Four Stars: This artist's conception shows the 30 Ari system, which includes four stars and a planet. The planet, a gas giant, orbits its primary star (yellow) in about a year's time. The primary star, called 30 Ari B, has a companion -- the small "red dwarf" star shown at upper left. This pair of stars is itself locked in a long-distance orbit with another pair of stars (upper right), known as 30 Ari A. Researchers using instruments at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif., recently discovered the red star at upper left, bringing the total number of known stars in the system from three to four.  Image: Karen Teramura, UH IfA


Planet With Four Stars: This artist's conception shows the 30 Ari system, which includes four stars and a planet. The planet, a gas giant, orbits its primary star (yellow) in about a year's time. The primary star, called 30 Ari B, has a companion -- the small "red dwarf" star shown at upper left. This pair of stars is itself locked in a long-distance orbit with another pair of stars (upper right), known as 30 Ari A. Researchers using instruments at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif., recently discovered the red star at upper left, bringing the total number of known stars in the system from three to four. Image: Karen Teramura, UH IfA

Astronomers have discovered the second known case of a planet residing in a quadruple star system. The planet was known before, but was previously thought to have only three stars, not four.

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Remembering the lives of Game of Thrones characters who died

Joe Sabia got some crazy Russian animators to make a web video series recapping the lives of major characters who died in Game of Thrones.

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US will not seek federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, Ferguson police officer who shot Mike Brown

A woman looks at the memorial set up at the site of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson

"In an 86-page report released Wednesday that details the testimony of more than 40 witnesses — and evaluates their credibility and consistency with forensic evidence — the Justice Department largely backed up Mr. Wilson’s account and said there was no basis for criminal charges." nytimes.com.

Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in a photo, presented to the grand jury, taken shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown. REUTERS/St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office


Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in a photo, presented to the grand jury, taken shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown. REUTERS/St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office

We're digging these very cool space-themed tshirts, dresses, and swimsuits

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Holy crap. I want to buy all of the things from shadowplaynyc.com.

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New trailer for Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

The new Avengers movie is out May 1. Here's the third official trailer.

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2 Chainz tests 24-karat rolling papers and world's biggest weed pipe

2 Chainz is featured in a new GQ Magazine internet video series, “Most Expensivest Shit,” in which the noted rapper and potsmoker attempts to smoke the most expensivest joint in the world.

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Apple, Google plan fixes for 'Freak' security bug resulting from US ban on strong crypto

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Apple and Google both announced today that the companies have each developed fixes to help protect users against the newly revealed 'Freak' security flaw, which affects mobile devices and Mac computers.

Washington Post:

Technology companies are scrambling to fix a major security flaw that for more than a decade left users of Apple and Google devices vulnerable to hacking when they visited millions of supposedly secure Web sites, including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov.

The flaw resulted from a former U.S. government policy that forbade the export of strong encryption and required that weaker “export-grade” products be shipped to customers in other countries, say the researchers who discovered the problem. These restrictions were lifted in the late 1990s, but the weaker encryption got baked into widely used software that proliferated around the world and back into the United States, apparently unnoticed until this year.

Reuters:

The vulnerability in web encryption technology could enable attackers to spy on communications of users of Apple's Safari browser and Google Inc's Android browser, according to researchers who uncovered the flaw. Apple spokesman Ryan James said the computer had developed a software update to remediate the vulnerability, which would be pushed out next week.

Google spokeswoman Liz Markman said the company had also developed a patch, which it has provided to partners. She declined to say when users could expect to receive those upgrades.

Reuters, and the original Washington Post reveal.

Cat sleeps on pillow, snores, keeps human awake

“My cat keeps my wife awake on the pillow next to her.”

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The Divorced Dad Cooking Show

Recent divorcee Frank Curlip shares his culinary knowledge. “I'm doing great, Karen.”

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Sexism is over! If you want it

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Sexism Is Over! If you want it,” a subway ad intervention by Jilly Ballistic.

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Dancing Geography GIFs

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Made By ABVH.

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Sushi roll towels

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Dreamed up for OTOTO by Tel Aviv-based designer Jenny Pokryvailo.

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These kitchen towels are woven with the aesthetic patterns of sushi ingredients. By rolling the towel step by step you can easily create your own sushi in your kitchen. A towel can be rolled as a regular Maki and as an inside out Maki.

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[via Ufunk]

Pulp Fiction 'Say What Again' scene with a baby goat and Samuel L. Jackson

Goat, motherfucker, do you speak it!

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Takin' a trip to Japan's kitty cat island: Aoshima, where cats outnumber humans six to one

Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture of southern Japan on February 25, 2015. Thomas Peter/Reuters


Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture of southern Japan on February 25, 2015. Thomas Peter/Reuters

Reuters today published a cool series of photographs taken at Aoshima, a Japanese 'Cat Island.'

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3D printing delicious, living, edible snacks

Food designer Chloé Rutzerveld's concept for "healthy and sustainable" 3D-printed snacks that sprout little herbs and mushrooms for flavor sounds like something we'd very much like to munch.

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Le Petit Prince meets Rosetta

Image and t-shirt: Slow Factory


Image and t-shirt: Slow Factory

"If you please," said the stranger, "draw me a sheep."

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How bad laws get made: a glimpse at what Fark's Drew Curtis would be like as Kentucky governor

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Drew and Heather Curtis.

Our pal Drew Curtis, founder of Fark, is running for governor of Kentucky. If he wins, we are all moving to Kentucky. He is blogging about stuff related to government, social development, and the kind of future he wants to live in. It's cool stuff. Here's one such thinkpost: How Bad Laws Get Made, about what Drew feels like is a reckless legislative response to an incident involving a trans kid who encountered unfairness in school.

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Hillary Clinton exclusively used private email while secretary of state

Shit just got real on the Texts From Hillary tip, yo.


Shit just got real on the Texts From Hillary tip, yo.

Open government advocates blasted the Bush administration for using off-the-books email accounts to conduct official business, so it's only fair Hillary Clinton today finds herself in deep shit after the revelation she exclusively used a private email account while serving as secretary of state.

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Silly pet ferret gets stuck behind a door, freaks out

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Shot and shared by Holly Scott. [via 4GIFs]

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How to #yolo in Latin

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From First Things Magazine, created by @matthewschmitz.

Prague astronomical clock: a lovely photograph by a Boing Boing reader

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Andrea Sommaruga's “Prague Astronomical Clock,” a photo shared in our Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

DEA: If Utah legalizes pot, rabbits (and other wildlife) will get stoned. This is bad why?

Photo: Internet; photographer unknown.


Photo: Internet; photographer unknown.

Utah may soon permit people with certain health conditions to use edible marijuana, which as a cancer patient I believe is a terrific idea.

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NASA Dawn spacecraft nears historic arrival to dwarf planet Ceres

Ceres rotates in this sped-up movie comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn mission during its approach to the dwarf planet. The images were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). Dawn observed Ceres for a full rotation of the dwarf planet, which lasts about nine hours. The images have a resolution of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) per pixel.


Ceres rotates in this sped-up movie comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn mission during its approach to the dwarf planet. The images were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). Dawn observed Ceres for a full rotation of the dwarf planet, which lasts about nine hours. The images have a resolution of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) per pixel. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

NASA today released new images captured by the Dawn spacecraft, which is approaching the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, March 6.

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Boy, 8, calls newspaper “idiots, jerks, [and] shitholes” for killing his favorite comics

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An 8-year-old in Bloomington, Indiana telephoned the editor of the Herald-Times on Sunday, after discovering that the newspaper had swapped out 13 comics in the color-comic section. Some of those terminated comics were his favorites. It ruined his day, and he let the editor of the paper know very clearly how he felt. The voicemail he left for Bob Zaltsberg is below.

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Goodbye, Spock.

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Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015.

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NASA honors Nimoy

NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise in 1976 at  Palmdale, CA manufacturing facility greeted by NASA officials and members of the 'Star Trek' TV series cast, including Leonard Nimoy, who died today at 83.


NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise in 1976 at Palmdale, CA manufacturing facility greeted by NASA officials and members of the 'Star Trek' TV series cast, including Leonard Nimoy, who died today at 83.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden spoke today about the death of Leonard Nimoy, the beloved “Star Trek” actor whose work brought space home to so many millions of fans.

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Video: Xeni on Maddow on Net Neutrality victory

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I joined MSNBC's Rachel Maddow for a conversation about this week's historic FCC ruling protecting major aspects of network neutrality.

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Adorable tiny kitten uses giant dog as fluffy pillow

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The history of the New York City subway retold in a single GIF

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A historical chronology of NYC's subway system, created by @aspersions 10 years ago with lots of tedious labor and Excel spreadsheets.

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