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.

Tesla Motors: Yes, we have no self-driving cars in the pipeline. But we will soon offer some sick new rides.

Automotive analysts expected Tesla Motors to possibly announce a self-driving car this week--that did not happen, but the company “did roll out an exotic suite of driver-aid and safety features Thursday night” reports USA Today.

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U.S. military official: Ebola could spread into Central and South America, and from there North

Ebola Virus.

Ebola Virus.

The risk that Ebola could spread into Central and Southern America, and from there into the U.S., is “a real possibility” according to the commander of U.S. Southern Command. Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly addressed the outbreak this week during a speech at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

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Report: Obama considering new options for closing Guantanamo

“The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding a congressional ban on bringing detainees to the U.S.,” The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday. “Such a move would be the latest and potentially most dramatic use of executive power by the president in his second term. It would likely provoke a sharp reaction from lawmakers, who have repeatedly barred the transfer of detainees to the U.S.”

NYC airport workers walk off job, protesting lack of protection from Ebola risks

Some 200 airline cabin cleaners walked off their jobs at New York's LaGuardia Airport today, protesting what they say is a lack of protection from possible Ebola exposure. These workers' jobs include “cleaning up vomit and bathrooms.” [Reuters]

Awesome, sports-loving girl's awesome letter to sports company whose catalog excludes women

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“My 12-year-old basketball-loving daughter got the latest Dicks catalog and had a big problem with it,” tweeted sports journalist Chris Peterson of azcentral.com. She wrote a letter.

Century-old time capsules opened in New York City, Boston

Representatives from the Bostonian Society talk to the media after opening a 113-year-old time capsule, which was found inside a lion statue, at Skylight Studios in Woburn, Massachusetts, October 9, 2014.  [Reuters]


Representatives from the Bostonian Society talk to the media after opening a 113-year-old time capsule, which was found inside a lion statue, at Skylight Studios in Woburn, Massachusetts, October 9, 2014. [Reuters]

A fun coincidence of history: In Boston and New York this week, two unrelated openings of time capsules left by people 113 and 100 years ago, respectively. They are two of the country's oldest time capsules.

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Flowchart: What kind of beer should you drink?

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Large size here.

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Polar Bear stretch: a photo in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

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A photo shared by Ria en Reinier Mensink in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

This one U.S. hotspot produces the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane. Why?

The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan


The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher).
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan

A new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and University of Michigan One shows that one small “hot spot” in the American Southwest produces the greatest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane in the United States.

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Skulls and skeletons sculpted in neon glass

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“Embodiment,” a neon glass skeleton by Eric Franklin. His portfolio includes beautiful related works, including human skulls, created with flameworked borosilicate glass, krypton and wood.

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Unfurling fern: a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

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A photo shared by Boing Boing reader seelenpfluecker in our Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

What default phone encryption really means for law enforcement (and for you)

[Vice]


[Vice]

Cindy Cohn, Jeremy Gillula, and Seth Schoen have an important opinion/analysis piece at Vice today, following Apple's announcement that it will expand the scope of what types of data will be encrypted on devices running iOS 8.

Law enforcement is not too happy about the news, and Google's statement that Android L will also come with default encryption isn't making officials any happier.

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To do in the SF Bay Area: East Bay Mini Maker Faire, Oct. 19

Photo by Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library


Photo by Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library

The 2014 East Bay Mini Maker Faire (Twitter, Facebook) will be held Sunday, October 19 at Park Day School in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood.

Noah Kravitz with the Faire says, “Last year we drew 7,000 folks, and my son and I checked out everything from butter making to life sized robots to rocket building using empty paper towel rolls and a compressed air launcher. This year’s event will also feature a professional development meet up for educators interested in incorporating Maker concepts and techniques into their teaching practice (any teacher is welcome, not limited to Park Day).”

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations..

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire follows the “big” Maker Faire model of celebrating invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, but is smaller in scale (170+ makers vs. 900 makers; 6,000+ people on one day vs. 65,000) and will showcase the wonders of Alameda and Contra Costa counties and beyond!

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is fortunate to have Park Day School as its host and sponsor. The event utilize’s Park Day School’s 4 acre, “secret garden” campus snuggled behind Oakland Technical High School in the Temescal district, as well as the adjacent facilities of Studio One Art Center, Oakland’s only city-run building and program dedicated to studio arts instruction in a wide range of media for persons of all ages.

5 U.S. airports will begin screening travelers for Ebola

Pedestrians walk past a mural showing the symptoms of the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, September 26, 2014. [REUTERS/James Giahyue]


Pedestrians walk past a mural showing the symptoms of the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, September 26, 2014. [REUTERS/James Giahyue]

Federal officials today said that passengers arriving from West Africa will be screened for body temperature at five American airports. The first will be JFK in New York, as early as this weekend. Starting next week, travelers inbound from affected countries in Africa will also be screened at Washington Dulles International, O’Hare International, Hartsfield-Jackson International and Newark Liberty International. [NYT]

Makeup artist transforms himself perfectly into various female celebrities

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Katy Perry

Paolo Ballesteros, a makeup artist and performer in the Philippines, transforms himself into celebrities and shares the results on Instagram: Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and others.

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